- a bunting, Spiza americana, of the eastern and central U.S., having a brownish back streaked with black and a yellowish breast and in the male a black patch on the throat.
Origin of dickcissel
First recorded in 1885–90; said to be imitative of its call
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Still the dickcissel, the lark sparrow and the indigo bunting continued their trio.Some Summer Days in Iowa
Frederick John Lazell
On the other hand, the only typical prairie bird that breeds on the Reservation is the dickcissel (Spiza americana).
The opening syllabication is like dickcissel's; then follows a trill of no specially definable character.Birds of the Rockies
Leander Sylvester Keyser
The Dickcissel, Spiza americana, possesses certain features which merit special discussion.Myology and Serology of the Avian Family Fringillidae
William B. Stallcup