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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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 & History

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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Example sentences
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.
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