of, belonging to, or pertaining to the suborder Oscines, of the order Passeriformes, comprising the songbirds that have highly developed vocal organs.
Origin: 1880–85, Related forms
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
variant of ob- ob-
stem of -cen,
noun derivative of canere
to sing) + -es
nominative plural noun suffix
is always a great word to know.
So is callithumpian. Does it mean: