cross bill

crossbill

[kraws-bil, kros-]
noun
any bird belonging to the genus Loxia, of the finch family, characterized by mandibles curved so that the tips cross each other when the bill is closed.

Origin:
1665–75; cross- + bill2

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crossbill (ˈkrɒsˌbɪl)
 
n
any of various widely distributed finches of the genus Loxia, such as L. curvirostra, that occur in coniferous woods and have a bill with crossed mandible tips for feeding on conifer seeds

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