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songbird

[sawng-burd, song-] /ˈsɔŋˌbɜrd, ˈsɒŋ-/
noun
1.
a bird that sings.
2.
any passerine bird of the suborder Oscines.
3.
Slang. a woman vocalist.
Origin of songbird
1765-1775
1765-75; song + bird
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British Dictionary definitions for song-bird

songbird

/ˈsɒŋˌbɜːd/
noun
1.
any passerine bird of the suborder Oscines, having highly developed vocal organs and, in most, a musical call related adjective oscine
2.
any bird having a musical call
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Word Origin and History for song-bird
n.

1774, from song (n.) + bird (n.1).

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