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.]
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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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The American Robin (Turdus migratorius) and Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) are two North American migrant species with large wintering ranges with in the United States (Root 1988).