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grosbeak

[grohs-beek] /ˈgroʊsˌbik/
noun
1.
any of various finches having a thick, conical bill.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; < French grosbec, literally, large beak
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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.
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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