designating or of the major suborder (Oscines) of passerine birds characterized by a highly developed syrinx, including most common perching birds
Origin of oscine; from 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, )
a bird of this suborder
Any of various passerine birds of the suborder Passeri (formerly Oscines); a songbird.
Origin of oscineFrom New Latin Oscin&emacron;s, former suborder name, from Latin oscin&emacron;s, pl. of oscen, bird used in augury; see kan- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more oscine, superlative most oscine)
- Pertaining to songbirds