- any of several songbirds of the family Bombycillidae, having a showy crest and certain feathers tipped with a red, waxy material, as Bombycilla garrulus (Bohemian waxwing), of the Northern Hemisphere.
Origin of waxwing
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Examples from the Web for waxwing
The waxwing is larger than a sparrow and smaller than a robin.Birds Every Child Should Know
The Waxwing is an elegant bird, of about the size of a Thrush.British Birds in their Haunts
Rev. C. A. Johns
The Bohemian waxwing, like the only other member of the family that ever visits us, the cedar-bird, is a roving gipsy.Bird Neighbors
Presently Dandy flew down to a lower branch and there he was joined by Mrs. Waxwing.
Late in the fall Peter saw Mr. and Mrs. Waxwing and their family together.
- any of several gregarious passerine songbirds of the genus Bombycilla, esp B. garrulus, having red waxy wing tips and crested heads: family Bombycillidae
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Word Origin and History for waxwing
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