[os-in, -ahyn]
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  1. of, belonging to, or pertaining to the suborder Oscines, of the order Passeriformes, comprising the songbirds that have highly developed vocal organs.
  1. an oscine bird.

Origin of oscine

1880–85, Americanism; < New Latin Oscines name of the suborder, equivalent to Latin oscin- (stem of oscen) songbird, orig. bird that gives omens by its cry (o(b)s-, variant of ob- ob- + -cin-, stem of -cen, noun derivative of canere to sing) + -es nominative plural noun suffix
Related formsnon·os·cine, adjective
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Related Words for oscine

lark, wren, canary, pipit, serin, oscine, vireo

British Dictionary definitions for oscine


  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Oscines, a suborder of passerine birds that includes most of the songbirds

Word Origin for oscine

C17: via New Latin from Latin oscen singing bird
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