- any of various finches having a thick, conical bill.
Origin of grosbeak
First recorded in 1670–80, grosbeak is from the French word grosbec, literally, large beak
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Examples from the Web for grosbeak
Only one species of grosbeak appears to be common in the Himalayas.Birds of the Indian Hills
That pretty fashion of a contrast in linings is not confined to the grosbeak.
Thence came the inspiration of the Loxia pensilis (the grosbeak of the Philippines).The Bird
It is an easy matter, therefore, for the Grosbeak to break off a single seed.Bird-Lore March-April 1916
If I was to see the grosbeak and make sure of him, it must be done at once.A Florida Sketch-Book
- 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
C17: from French grosbec, from Old French gros large, thick + bec beak 1
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