Passerine meaning

păsə-rīn
Of or relating to birds of the order Passeriformes, which have feet specialized for grasping branches and similar structures, with the first toe facing backward. The order includes the songbirds and certain other groups, such as the flycatchers of the Americas.
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A bird of the order Passeriformes.
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Of or pertaining to an order (Passeriformes) of small or medium-sized, chiefly perching songbirds having grasping feet with the first toe directed backward: more than half of all birds are included.
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Any such bird.
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Relating to birds of the order Passeriformes, which have feet specialized for grasping branches and similar structures, with the first toe facing backward. The order includes the songbirds and certain other groups, such as the flycatchers of the Americas.
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A bird of the order Passeriformes.
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Belonging to the avian order Passeriformes, which includes the perching birds. Passerine birds make up more than half of all living birds. They are of small to medium size, have three toes pointing forward and one pointing back, and are often brightly colored. Larks, swallows, jays, crows, wrens, thrushes, cardinals, finches, sparrows, and blackbirds are all passerine birds.
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Any bird of the order Passeriformes, which comprises more than half of all bird species.
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Of, or relating to a passerine or perching bird.
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Origin of passerine

  • Latin passerīnus of sparrows from passer sparrow

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin passerinus (“of sparrows"), from passer + -inus

    From Wiktionary