[sawng-burd, song-]
a bird that sings.
any passerine bird of the suborder Oscines.
Slang. a woman vocalist.

1765–75; song + bird Unabridged
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songbird (ˈsɒŋˌbɜːd)
1.  any passerine bird of the suborder Oscines, having highly developed vocal organs and, in most, a musical callRelated: oscine
2.  any bird having a musical call
Related: oscine

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Example sentences
In order to sing, a songbird makes the two sides of its lungs open and close.
Now the study of an unusual songbird's brain promises to challenge that idea.
Field guides to nature abound, and they are invaluable for pinning down the name of a songbird or hawk that flashes by.
Songbird bones may be hollow, but they're actually denser than the bones of mammals of the same size.
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