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pine grosbeak

noun
1.
a large grosbeak, Pinicola enucleator, of coniferous forests of northern North America and Eurasia, the male of which has rose and gray plumage.
Origin of pine grosbeak
1765-1775
1765-75, Americanism
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  • Finally, Mr. pine grosbeak plucked up courage to approach nearer.

    Bumper, The White Rabbit George Ethelbert Walsh
  • Mr. pine grosbeak took him at his word, and plucked a hair from his back.

    Bumper, The White Rabbit George Ethelbert Walsh
  • Finch, purple (Carpodacus purpureus), the alter ego of the pine grosbeak; song of.

    Locusts and Wild Honey John Burroughs
  • It was years afterward before he learned that this was the young male pine grosbeak.

    Two Little Savages Ernest Thompson Seton
  • Unlike the snow bunting and the red-poll, however, the pine grosbeak is believed to breed sparingly in Northern New England.

    Birds in the Bush Bradford Torrey
  • The Parus hudsonicus is very abundant; so is the pine grosbeak, but in a shocking state of moult.

  • The bluebird and pine grosbeak have it too, but their much larger, trembling wings seem far less nervous.

  • Its original, the blue grosbeak, is an uncertain wanderer from the south, as the pine grosbeak is from the north.

    Locusts and Wild Honey John Burroughs
  • Quiet returning hawks cross the valleys, and the pine grosbeak hastens past.

    Minstrel Weather Marian Storm

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