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pine grosbeak

a large grosbeak, Pinicola enucleator, of coniferous forests of northern North America and Eurasia, the male of which has rose and gray plumage.
Origin of pine grosbeak
An Americanism dating back to 1765-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Finally, Mr. pine grosbeak plucked up courage to approach nearer.

    Bumper, The White Rabbit George Ethelbert Walsh
  • Mr. pine grosbeak took him at his word, and plucked a hair from his back.

    Bumper, The White Rabbit George Ethelbert Walsh
  • Finch, purple (Carpodacus purpureus), the alter ego of the pine grosbeak; song of.

    Locusts and Wild Honey John Burroughs
  • It was years afterward before he learned that this was the young male pine grosbeak.

    Two Little Savages Ernest Thompson Seton
  • Unlike the snow bunting and the red-poll, however, the pine grosbeak is believed to breed sparingly in Northern New England.

    Birds in the Bush Bradford Torrey
  • The Parus hudsonicus is very abundant; so is the pine grosbeak, but in a shocking state of moult.

  • The bluebird and pine grosbeak have it too, but their much larger, trembling wings seem far less nervous.

  • 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
  • Quiet returning hawks cross the valleys, and the pine grosbeak hastens past.

    Minstrel Weather Marian Storm

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