grassquit

[gras-kwit, grahs-]

noun

any of several tiny finches, especially of the genus Tiaris, of tropical America and the West Indies.

Nearby words

  1. grassman,
  2. grassman's law,
  3. grasso,
  4. grasso, ella tambussi,
  5. grassplot,
  6. grassroots,
  7. grassy,
  8. grate,
  9. grateful,
  10. grateful dead

Origin of grassquit

First recorded in 1840–50; grass + quit2

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British Dictionary definitions for grassquit

grassquit

noun

any tropical American finch of the genus Tiaris and related genera, such as T. olivacea (yellow-faced grassquit)

Word Origin for grassquit

from grass + quit, a bird name in Jamaica

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