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oscine

[os-in, -ahyn] /ˈɒs ɪn, -aɪn/
adjective
1.
of, belonging to, or pertaining to the suborder Oscines, of the order Passeriformes, comprising the songbirds that have highly developed vocal organs.
noun
2.
an oscine bird.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85, Americanism; < Neo-Latin Oscines name of the suborder, equivalent to Latin oscin- (stem of oscen) songbird, orig. bird that gives omens by its cry (o(b)s-, variant of ob- ob- + -cin-, stem of -cen, noun derivative of canere to sing) + -es nominative plural noun suffix
Related forms
nonoscine, adjective
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oscine

/ˈɒsaɪn; ˈɒsɪn/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or belonging to the Oscines, a suborder of passerine birds that includes most of the songbirds
Word Origin
C17: via New Latin from Latin oscen singing bird
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