Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of oscine passerine birds, of the family Fringillidæ, inhabiting northerly parts of both hemispheres: so called from the long, straight, spurlike hind claw. The Lapland longspur, C. lapponicus, common to Europe, Asia, and America, is the type-species. Others are C. ornatus, the chestnut-collared lark-bunting, and C. pictus, the painted lark-bunting, both of North America.
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