cedar waxwing

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cedar waxwing

A North American bird (Bombycilla cedrorum) having a crested head, a yellow-tipped tail, and waxy red tips on the secondary wing feathers.

[Probably so called because it eats the berries of the red cedar.]

ce′dar wax′wing

a North American waxwing, Bombycilla cedrorum, having light yellowish brown plumage. Also called ce′dar bird`.
[1835–45, Amer.]
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Noun1.cedar waxwing - widely distributed over temperate North Americacedar waxwing - widely distributed over temperate North America
waxwing - brown velvety-plumaged songbirds of the northern hemisphere having crested heads and red waxy wing tips
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There was the honest cockrobin, the favorite game of stripling sportsmen, with its loud querulous note; and the twittering blackbirds flying in sable clouds, and the golden- winged woodpecker with his crimson crest, his broad black gorget, and splendid plumage; and the cedar-bird, with its red tipt wings and yellow-tipt tail and its little monteiro cap of feathers; and the blue jay, that noisy coxcomb, in his gay light blue coat and white underclothes, screaming and chattering, nodding and bobbing and bowing, and pretending to be on good terms with every songster of the grove.