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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
1765-1775
1765-75; song + bird
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  • In order to sing, a songbird makes the two sides of its lungs open and close.
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  • 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.
  • Some songbird couples harmonize to warn rival couples away from their territories.
British Dictionary definitions for songbird

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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