[waks-wing] /ˈwæksˌwɪŋ/
any of several songbirds of the family Bombycillidae, having a showy crest and certain feathers tipped with a red, waxy material, as Bombycilla garrulus (Bohemian waxwing) of the Northern Hemisphere.
1810–20; wax1 + wing
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In the air above us swallows darted-- dark, quick silhouettes--and once a cedar waxwing moved smoothly through them.
The cedar waxwing is easily found in open habitat where there are berries.
British Dictionary definitions for waxwing
waxwing (ˈwæksˌwɪŋ)
any of several gregarious passerine songbirds of the genus Bombycilla, esp B. garrulus, having red waxy wing tips and crested heads: family Bombycillidae

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Word Origin and History for waxwing
1817, from wax (n.) + wing. So called for appendages at the tips of its feathers which look like red sealing-wax.
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