oscine

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj oscine of or relating to the songbirds
    • n oscine passerine bird having specialized vocal apparatus
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Oscine (Zoöl) Relating to the Oscines.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • oscine Of or pertaining to the Oscines: applied to those Passeres which are acromyodian and to their type of structure: as, an oscine bird; an oscine syrinx. Also oscinine, oscinian.
    • n oscine An oscine bird; a member of the Oscines.
    • n oscine A crystalline alkaloid, C8H13O2N, found in crude belladonine and also made from other alkaloids. It melts at 110° C. Also called pseudatropine, scopoline, and oxytropine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Oscine —also n.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. oscen, oscinis, a singing-bird.

Usage

In literature:

This type attains its highest development in the Oscines, but it occurs also in many other orders.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 7" by Various
The Wagtails and Pipits are closely-allied forms, and are usually referred to the same family of Oscines.
"Argentine Ornithology, Volume I (of 2)" by P. L. Sclater
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