Passerine Definition

păsə-rīn
adjective
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.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
nonpasserine
noun
Any such bird.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
passeriform bird

Other Word Forms of Passerine

Noun

Singular:
passerine
Plural:
passerines

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

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