song·​bird | \ ˈsȯŋ-ˌbərd How to pronounce songbird (audio) \

Definition of songbird

1a : a bird that utters a succession of musical tones
b : an oscine bird
2 : a female singer

Examples of songbird in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The new addition to Mission Trails Park is critical habitat for the California gnatcatcher, an endangered songbird, Berninger said, and also hosts other animals such as mule deer and bobcats. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Aug. 2022 Zegler was previously announced as songbird and District 12 tribute Lucy Gray Baird, while Rivera was recently cast as Sejanus Plinth, a Hunger Games mentor who befriends a young Coriolanus Snow (played by Tom Blyth). Kelsie Gibson,, 16 June 2022 The Nigerian songbird, whose soothing deep-register vocals have earned her both Soul Train Music honors and a BET award, has remained largely private and away from blog fodder – a rarity for other 27-year-olds in the industry. Essence, 15 July 2022 Murphy solved that problem by inventing a bed that could be quickly tucked away, converting his sleeping chamber into a proper parlor suitable for his songbird. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, 26 May 2022 To do this research, the scientists photographed more than 24,000 passerine museum specimens from more than 4,500 songbird species that are curated in natural history museum collections around the world. Grrlscientist, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 Uniting their instincts for showmanship and newfound political savvy, Snow and Lucy’s race against time to survive will ultimately reveal who is a songbird, and who is a snake. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 May 2022 And only a songbird as gifted as Mitchell could grant us that. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 5 May 2022 North American songbird aviary also remains open, Golgosky said. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, 7 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of songbird

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Songbird.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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song·​bird | \ ˈsȯŋ-ˌbərd How to pronounce songbird (audio) \

Kids Definition of songbird

: a bird that produces a series of usually musical sounds

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