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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. A division of passerine birds in which the vocal muscles are but little developed, so that they lack the power of singing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In Cabanis's classification (1842), an order of insessorial birds, consisting of a majority of those non-oscine forms which had been called PicariÅ“ by Nitzsch, having ten primaries, the first of them well developed, and the feet neither zygodactyl nor anisodactyl.
  • The gallinaceous birds, or Gallinæ: so called from the crowing or clamoring of the males, especially as instanced in domestic poultry.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. used in some classification systems; a suborder or superfamily nearly coextensive with suborder Tyranni; Passeriformes having relatively simple vocal organs and little power of song; clamatorial birds

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