passerine

adjective
pas·​ser·​ine | \ ˈpa-sə-ˌrīn How to pronounce passerine (audio) \

Definition of passerine

: of or relating to the largest order (Passeriformes) of birds which includes over half of all living birds and consists chiefly of altricial songbirds of perching habits — compare oscine

Other Words from passerine

passerine noun

First Known Use of passerine

1776, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for passerine

Latin passerinus of sparrows, from passer sparrow

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“Passerine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/passerine. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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