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blue grosbeak

noun
1.
a grosbeak, Guiraca caerulea, of the U.S., Mexico, and Central America, the male of which is blue with two rusty bars on each wing.
Origin of blue grosbeak
1720-1730
An Americanism dating back to 1720-30
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  • The blue grosbeak is an unfamiliar bird to most eastern students.

    What Bird is That? Frank M. Chapman
  • Before me, in the leafy top of an oak sapling, sat a blue grosbeak.

    A Florida Sketch-Book Bradford Torrey
  • I quickened my steps, and to my delight the singer proved to be a blue grosbeak.

    A Florida Sketch-Book Bradford Torrey
  • Among the five, the nest that interested me most was that of the blue grosbeak.

    In the Catskills

    John Burroughs
  • Its original, the blue grosbeak, is an uncertain wanderer from the south, as the pine grosbeak is from the north.

    Locusts and Wild Honey John Burroughs
  • Indigo-bird, or indigo bunting (Cyanospiza cyanea), a petit duplicate of the blue grosbeak; song of; nest of.

    Locusts and Wild Honey John Burroughs
  • But no matter; the bird was a blue grosbeak, for the sufficient reason that it could not be anything else.

    A Florida Sketch-Book Bradford Torrey

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