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- proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Cardinalidae.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- proper n. A genus of small North American bush-loving finches; the New World buntings.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A beautiful genus of American Fringillidæ; the painted finches.
- n. A genus of heath-like shrubs, of the apetalous order Thymelæaceæ and the tribe Euthymelæeæ, known by its four-lobed unappendaged urn-shaped calyx, eight exserted stamens, and globose stigma.
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- n. a genus of small North American finches including the New World buntings
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The ericaceous heathlands are dominated by Philippia pallidiflora, P. hexandra, Phylica ericoides, Passerina montana, Erica eylesii, E. pleiotricha, E. gazensis and E. johnstoniana.
On half stabilized dunes, these species comprise Chrysanthemoides monilifera, Metalasia muricata, and Passerina rigidia.
_Passerina amoena_, as the bunting strains were plainly discernible.
Bunting, snow, or snowflake (_Passerina nivalis_).
_Passerina dodecandra_; discovering afterwards that it had in reality only four stamina, and that the other eight substances, mistaken for such, were so many glandular nectaria, he made in his _Mantiss.
(Passerina ciris pallidor), but few of us notice it.
'Little birds in cadges (especially Linnets) are refreshed with the lesser Chickweed when they loath their meat whereupon it was called of some "Passerina."'
An adult male painted bunting (Passerina ciris) is arguably the most distinctive songbird in North America, with the combination of a deep blue head, red underparts, a green back and a red rump.