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grosbeak

[grohs-beek] /ˈgroʊsˌbik/
noun
1.
any of various finches having a thick, conical bill.
Origin of grosbeak
1670-1680
1670-80; < French grosbec, literally, large beak
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  • As a matter of fact, the evening grosbeak goes to bed at dark, like all other respectable, reputable birds.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • Only one species of grosbeak appears to be common in the Himalayas.

  • During bright moonshiny nights the grosbeak sings sweetly, but not loudly.

  • If I was to see the grosbeak and make sure of him, it must be done at once.

    A Florida Sketch-Book Bradford Torrey
  • I saw a grosbeak seize, shake, and devour a caterpillar about two inches in length.

  • Strange we did not see them before, but the explanation is the grosbeak was singing.

    Some Spring Days in Iowa Frederick John Lazell
  • The grosbeak sang on, a big Turnus butterfly sailed through the arbour and poised over the table.

    A Girl Of The Limberlost Gene Stratton Porter
  • Philip leaned back against the arbour, watching the grosbeak as it hunted food between a tomato vine and a day lily.

    A Girl Of The Limberlost Gene Stratton Porter
  • It is an easy matter, therefore, for the grosbeak to break off a single seed.

  • There are doubtless good reasons for the colouring of both the grosbeak and the oriole; what these reasons are we know not.

British Dictionary definitions for grosbeak

grosbeak

/ˈɡrəʊsˌbiːk; ˈɡrɒs-/
noun
1.
any of various finches, such as Pinicola enucleator (pine grosbeak), that have a massive powerful bill
2.
cardinal grosbeak, any of various mostly tropical American buntings, such as the cardinal and pyrrhuloxia, the males of which have brightly coloured plumage
Word Origin
C17: from French grosbec, from Old French gros large, thick + becbeak1
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Word Origin and History for grosbeak
n.

1670s, partial translation of French grosbec; see gross + beak.

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