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grassquit

[ gras-kwit, grahs- ]
/ ˈgræsˌkwɪt, ˈgrɑs- /
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noun

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

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Origin of grassquit

First recorded in 1840–50; grass + quit2
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British Dictionary definitions for grassquit

grassquit
/ (ˈɡrɑːsˌkwɪt) /

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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