from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several birds of the genus Bombycilla, having crested heads, grayish-brown plumage, and waxy red tips on the wing feathers.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several songbirds of the genus Bombycilla, having crested heads, and red tips to the wings.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of several species of small birds of the genus Ampelis, in which some of the secondary quills are usually tipped with small horny ornaments resembling red sealing wax. The Bohemian waxwing (see under bohemian) and the cedar bird are examples. Called also waxbird.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An oscine passerine bird of the genus Ampelis (or Bombycilia), family Ampelidæ: so called because the secondary quills of the wings, and sometimes other feathers of the wings or tail, are tipped with small red horny appendages resembling sealing-wax.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. brown velvety-plumaged songbirds of the northern hemisphere having crested heads and red waxy wing tips
wax + wing (Wiktionary)