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crossbill

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

First recorded in 1665–75; cross- + bill2
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British Dictionary definitions for crossbill

crossbill
/ (ˈkrɒsˌbɪl) /

noun
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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