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[ waks-wing ]
/ ˈwæksˌwɪŋ /


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.

Nearby words

waxeye, waxing, waxing moon, waxleaf privet, waxplant, waxwing, waxwork, waxworks, waxy, waxy degeneration, waxy kidney

Origin of waxwing

First recorded in 1810–20; wax1 + wing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for waxwing


/ (ˈwæksˌwɪŋ) /


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



1817, from wax (n.) + wing (n.). So called for appendages at the tips of its feathers which look like red sealing-wax.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper