crossbill

[kraws-bil, kros-]
noun
  1. any bird belonging to the genus Loxia, of the finch family, characterized by mandibles curved so that the tips cross each other when the bill is closed.

Origin of crossbill

First recorded in 1665–75; cross- + bill2
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crossbill

noun
  1. any of various widely distributed finches of the genus Loxia, such as L. curvirostra, that occur in coniferous woods and have a bill with crossed mandible tips for feeding on conifer seeds
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