oscine

oscine

[os-in, -ahyn]
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:
1880–85, 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

nonoscine, adjective
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oscine (ˈɒsaɪn, ˈɒsɪn)
 
adj
of, relating to, or belonging to the Oscines, a suborder of passerine birds that includes most of the songbirds
 
[C17: via New Latin from Latin oscen singing bird]

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