American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A North American bird (Bombycilla cedrorum) having a crested head, a yellow-tipped tail, and predominantly brown plumage. Also called cedarbird.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) a species of chatterer (Bombycilla cedrorum, formerly Ampelis cedrorum) widely distributed over temperate North America, so named from its frequenting cedar trees; -- called also
cedar bird, cherry bird, Canada robin, and American waxwing. It is a brownish bird about 7 inches long, between the size of a robin and a sparrow, has a crest on the head, a black face mask, and a yellow-tipped tail. The name comes from the black color of the tips of the wings, like that of a black sealing wax. They sometimes are seen in flocks.
- n. widely distributed over temperate North America
- Probably so called because it eats the berries of the red cedar. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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