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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.

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

  • 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.

    Eastern Zimbabwe montane forest-grassland mosaic

  • On half stabilized dunes, these species comprise Chrysanthemoides monilifera, Metalasia muricata, and Passerina rigidia.

    KwaZulu-Cape coastal forest mosaic

  • _Passerina amoena_, as the bunting strains were plainly discernible.

    Birds of the Rockies

  • Bunting, snow, or snowflake (_Passerina nivalis_).

    Birds and Poets : with Other Papers

  • _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.

    The Botanical Magazine Vol. 7 or, Flower-Garden Displayed

  • (Passerina ciris pallidor), but few of us notice it.

    10,000 Birds

  • 'Little birds in cadges (especially Linnets) are refreshed with the lesser Chickweed when they loath their meat whereupon it was called of some "Passerina."'

    Find Me A Cure

  • 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.



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