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- proper n. A taxonomic order within the subclass Neognathae — including the perching birds or songbirds.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- proper n. The largest order of birds comprising about half the known species: rooks; finches; sparrows; tits; warblers; robins; wrens; swallows; etc.; in four suborders: Eurylaimi; Tyranni; Menurae; Oscines or Passeres.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In Forbes's classification, an order of anomalogonatous birds composed of Turdiformes, Fringilliformes, and Sturniformes, or the turdoid, tanagroid, and sturnoid Passeres of Wallace, and thus equivalent to oscine Passeres, or Oscines.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. largest order of birds comprising about half the known species; rooks; finches; sparrows; tits; warblers; robins; wrens; swallows; etc.; the four suborders are Eurylaimi and Tyranni and Menurae and Oscines or Passeres
Latin passer, sparrow (Wiktionary)