grosbeak

[grohs-beek]
noun
any of various finches having a thick, conical bill.

Origin:
1670–80; < French grosbec, literally, large beak

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grosbeak (ˈɡrəʊsˌbiːk, ˈɡrɒs-)
 
n
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
 
[C17: from French grosbec, from Old French gros large, thick + becbeak1]

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They're calling out the names of birds they spot: a few orioles, a rose-breasted grosbeak.
And birds: jays, grosbeak, finches and scores of hummingbirds in the summer.
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