designating or of the major suborder (Oscines) of passerine birds characterized by a highly developed syrinx, including most common perching birds
Origin of oscinefrom Modern Latin Oscines from L, plural of oscen, bird whose notes were used in divining from obs-, variant, variety of ob- (see ob-) + canere, to crow, sing (see chant, intransitive verb)
a bird of this suborder
Any of various passerine birds of the suborder Passeri (formerly Oscines); a songbird.
Origin of oscineFrom New Latin Oscinēs former suborder name from Latin oscinēs pl. of oscen bird used in augury ; see kan- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more oscine, superlative most oscine)
- Pertaining to songbirds