crossbill

Definitions

  • RED CROSSBILL
    RED CROSSBILL
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n crossbill finch with a bill whose tips cross when closed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Crossbill (Law) A bill brought by a defendant, in an equity or chancery suit, against the plaintiff, respecting the matter in question in that suit.☞ In criminal practice, cross bills of indictment for assault, in which the prosecutor in once case is the defendant in another, may be tried together.
    • n Crossbill (Zoöl) A bird of the genus Loxia, allied to the finches. Their mandibles are strongly curved and cross each other; the crossbeak.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n crossbill A bird in which each mandible of the bill is laterally deflected, so that the tips of the two mandibles cross each other when the beak is closed. The crossbills constitute the genus Loxia (or Curvirostra) of the family Fringillidæ, and present a case unique among birds. There are several species, the best-known being the common red crossbill of Europe and America (Loxia curvirostra), the parrot-crossbill of Europe (L. pityopsittaca), and the white-winged crossbill (Latin leucoptera). See Loxia. Also called crossbeak.
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Usage

In literature:

Companies of redpolls and crossbills pass chirping through the thickets, busily seeking their food.
"Little Rivers" by Henry van Dyke
A flock of crossbills went whistling overhead, coming from the same direction.
"Secret of the Woods" by William J. Long
He is called the White-winged Crossbill.
"The Burgess Bird Book for Children" by Thornton W. Burgess
I saw and heard a bird nearly every day, on the tops of the trees about, that I think was one of the crossbills.
"Locusts and Wild Honey" by John Burroughs
This bird is called the American Crossbill.
"Citizen Bird" by Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
Neither did Anton's crossbill, which dwelt in the stube, have a much happier fate.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XII. No. 31. October, 1873." by Various
The crossbill is fitted with a wonderful tool for tearing fir-cones to pieces.
"Chatterbox Stories of Natural History" by Anonymous
American Crossbills are notable for their small size, being considered and described as dwarfs of the family.
"Birds Illustrated by Color Photograph [April, 1897]" by Various
On the other hand, however, the second trio were unmistakably crossbills.
"The Foot-path Way" by Bradford Torrey
Like the Crossbills, they frequently feed along our northern borders, but very sporadically.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
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In news:

Spot Northern Saw-whet Owls, crossbills, migrating warblers, vireos, and other birds just west of Chicago.
Crossbill records presents a thursday night of smooth tunes with their very own, Jake Mann + The Upper Hand .
To find crossbills, you need to know where the cones are.
White-winged Crossbill (Loxia leucoptera), Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, January 3, 2009, at 10:45 am, by Daniel Cadieux.
Crossbill records presents a thursday night of smooth tunes with their very own, Jake Mann + The Upper Hand.
For the past two weeks, a colorful flock of bright Red Crossbill males with their yellow mates have been feeding near the parking lot at American Camp ranger station.
Minesweeper CROSSBILL and CONDOR enter Pearl Harbor , defective submarine net remains open.
White-winged Crossbill (Loxia leucoptera), Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, January 3, 2009, at 10:45 am, by Daniel Cadieux.
A rarely seen Red Crossbill.
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