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cedar waxwing

a North American waxwing, Bombycilla cedrorum, having light yellowish-brown plumage.
Also called cedar bird.
Origin of cedar waxwing
An Americanism dating back to 1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Male: splendid cardinal-red, with a black throat and band about the coral-red bill, and a fine long crest, like a cedar waxwing's.

    Citizen Bird

    Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
  • Care sits lightly on the cedar waxwing's topknot, and he never takes his dangers seriously.

  • Cedar-bird, or cedar waxwing (Ampelis cedrorum), a small edition of the Bohemian waxwing; plumage of; notes of.

    Locusts and Wild Honey John Burroughs
  • Cherry-bird is another name which is appropriately applied to the cedar waxwing.

    The Log of the Sun William Beebe
  • The cedar waxwing is a strange bird, with a very pronounced species-individuality, totally unlike any other bird of our country.

    The Log of the Sun William Beebe

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