seed·​eat·​er | \ ˈsēd-ˌē-tər How to pronounce seedeater (audio) \

Definition of seedeater

: a bird (such as a finch) whose diet consists basically of seeds

Examples of seedeater in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their preferences in color and pattern caused the evolution of different species of seedeater, all with the same behavior and diet, but with males that look different. James Gorman, New York Times, "How Demands of Female Birds Changed the DNA of a Species," 24 May 2017

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First Known Use of seedeater

circa 1821, in the meaning defined above

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“Seedeater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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