seed·​eat·​er ˈsēd-ˌē-tər How to pronounce seedeater (audio)
: a bird (such as a finch) whose diet consists basically of seeds

Examples of seedeater in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is because as seedeaters, the birds wait for thistles to produce seed before building nests and feeding their young. John Heasly, USA TODAY, 6 July 2023 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, 24 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1821, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of seedeater was circa 1821

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“Seedeater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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seed·​eat·​er ˈsēd-ˌēt-ər How to pronounce seedeater (audio)
: a bird (as a finch) that eats mostly seeds

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