Any of various passerine birds of the suborder Passeri (formerly Oscines); a songbird.
Designating or of the major suborder (Oscines) of passerine birds characterized by a highly developed syrinx, including most common perching birds.
A bird of this suborder.
Origin of oscine
- From New Latin Oscinēs former suborder name from Latin oscinēs pl. of oscen bird used in augury kan- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition