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Any of various passerine birds of the suborder Passeri (formerly Oscines); a songbird.
[From New Latin Oscinēs, former suborder name, from Latin oscinēs, pl. of oscen, bird used in augury; see kan- in Indo-European roots.]
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oscine(ˈɒsaɪn; ˈɒsɪn) or
(Zoology) of, relating to, or belonging to the Oscines, a suborder of passerine birds that includes most of the songbirds
[C17: via New Latin from Latin oscen singing bird]
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os•cine(ˈɒs ɪn, -aɪn)
1. of or pertaining to birds of the suborder Oscines, of the order Passeriformes, comprising members of the order that have highly developed vocal organs.n.
2. an oscine bird; songbird.
[1880–85; < New Latin Oscines < Latin oscen songbird]
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|Noun||1.||oscine - passerine bird having specialized vocal apparatus|
passeriform bird, passerine - perching birds mostly small and living near the ground with feet having 4 toes arranged to allow for gripping the perch; most are songbirds; hatchlings are helpless
Oscines, Passeres, suborder Oscines, suborder Passeres - two names for the suborder of typical songbirds
accentor - small sparrow-like songbird of mountainous regions of Eurasia
lark - any of numerous predominantly Old World birds noted for their singing
wagtail - Old World bird having a very long tail that jerks up and down as it walks
pipit, titlark, lark - a songbird that lives mainly on the ground in open country; has streaky brown plumage
finch - any of numerous small songbirds with short stout bills adapted for crushing seeds
honeycreeper - small bright-colored tropical American songbird with a curved bill for sucking nectar
weaver finch, weaverbird, weaver - finch-like African and Asian colonial birds noted for their elaborately woven nests
flycatcher, Old World flycatcher, true flycatcher - any of a large group of small songbirds that feed on insects taken on the wing
thrush - songbirds characteristically having brownish upper plumage with a spotted breast
warbler - a small active songbird
babbler, cackler - any of various insectivorous Old World birds with a loud incessant song; in some classifications considered members of the family Muscicapidae
bird of paradise - any of numerous brilliantly colored plumed birds of the New Guinea area
starling - gregarious birds native to the Old World
corvine bird - birds of the crow family
Australian magpie - black-and-white oscine birds that resemble magpies
Mimus polyglotktos, mockingbird, mocker - long-tailed grey-and-white songbird of the southern United States able to mimic songs of other birds
Dumetella carolinensis, gray catbird, grey catbird, catbird - North American songbird whose call resembles a cat's mewing
New Zealand wren - birds of New Zealand that resemble wrens
tree creeper, creeper - any of various small insectivorous birds of the northern hemisphere that climb up a tree trunk supporting themselves on stiff tail feathers and their feet
nuthatch, nutcracker - any of various small short-tailed songbirds with strong feet and a sharp beak that feed on small nuts and insects
swallow - small long-winged songbird noted for swift graceful flight and the regularity of its migrations
swallow shrike, wood swallow - Australasian and Asiatic bird related to the shrikes and resembling a swallow
tanager - any of numerous New World woodland birds having brightly colored males
shrike - any of numerous Old World birds having a strong hooked bill that feed on smaller animals
bowerbird, catbird - any of various birds of the Australian region whose males build ornamented structures resembling bowers in order to attract females
water ouzel, dipper - small stocky diving bird without webbed feet; frequents fast-flowing streams and feeds along the bottom
vireo - any of various small insectivorous American birds chiefly olive-grey in color
waxwing - brown velvety-plumaged songbirds of the northern hemisphere having crested heads and red waxy wing tips
|Adj.||1.||oscine - of or relating to the songbirds|
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