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.
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How to use crossbill in a sentence
Similarly, both the German varieties of crossbill commonly begin to sing before losing the plumage characteristic of youth.The Sexual Life of the Child | Albert Moll
Among the species which thus modify their habits are the red crossbill, the redpoll, the Lapland longspur, and the snowy owl.The Rocky Mountain Wonderland | Enos A. Mills
Neither did Anton's crossbill, which dwelt in the stube, have a much happier fate.
Both sexes have white wing-bars and the male is of a paler, more rosy red than the male of the American crossbill.What Bird is That? | Frank M. Chapman
The crossbill is fitted with a wonderful tool for tearing fir-cones to pieces.Chatterbox Stories of Natural History | Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for crossbill
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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