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passerine

[pas-er-in, -uh-rahyn, -uh-reen] /ˈpæs ər ɪn, -əˌraɪn, -əˌrin/
adjective
1.
of, belonging, or pertaining to the order Passeriformes, comprising more than half of all birds and typically having the feet adapted for perching.
2.
oscine (def 1).
noun
3.
any bird of the order Passeriformes.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80; < Latin passerīnus of a sparrow, equivalent to passer sparrow + -īnus -ine1
Related forms
nonpasserine, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for passerine

passerine

/ˈpæsəˌraɪn; -ˌriːn/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or belonging to the Passeriformes, an order of birds characterized by the perching habit: includes the larks, finches, crows, thrushes, starlings, etc
noun
2.
any bird belonging to the order Passeriformes
Word Origin
C18: from Latin passer sparrow
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Word Origin and History for passerine
adj.

1776, from Latin passerinus "of a sparrow," from passer "sparrow," possibly of imitative origin. The noun is 1842, from the adjective.

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passerine in Science
passerine
  (pās'ə-rīn')   
Belonging to the avian order Passeriformes, which includes the perching birds. Passerine birds make up more than half of all living birds. They are of small to medium size, have three toes pointing forward and one pointing back, and are often brightly colored. Larks, swallows, jays, crows, wrens, thrushes, cardinals, finches, sparrows, and blackbirds are all passerine birds.
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