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grosbeak

[ grohs-beek ]
/ ˈgroʊsˌbik /
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noun
any of various finches having a thick, conical bill.
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Origin of grosbeak

First recorded in 1670–80; partial translation of French grosbec “large bill”; see origin at gross, beak
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British Dictionary definitions for grosbeak

grosbeak
/ (ˈɡrəʊsˌbiːk, ˈɡrɒs-) /

noun
any of various finches, such as Pinicola enucleator (pine grosbeak), that have a massive powerful bill
cardinal grosbeak any of various mostly tropical American buntings, such as the cardinal and pyrrhuloxia, the males of which have brightly coloured plumage

Word Origin for grosbeak

C17: from French grosbec, from Old French gros large, thick + bec beak 1
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