• WordNet 3.6
    • n Coccyzus a genus of Cuculidae
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n coccyzus A genus of American arboreal cuckoos, of the family Cuculidæ and subfamily Coccyzinæ. They have a moderately curved beak, wide at the base and compressed beyond it, long pointed wings, a long graduated tail of 10 feathers, and very smooth silky plumage. The genus contains the common yellow-billed and black-billed tree-cuckoos of the United States, C. americanus and C. erythrophthalmus, the mangrove-cuckoo of the West Indies and Florida, C. seniculus, and several other species. These cuckoos are not strictly parasitic like the European species, but occasionally lay their eggs in the nests of other birds.
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In literature:

Cuckoo, yellow-billed (Coccyzus americanus).
"Wake-Robin" by John Burroughs