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from The Century Dictionary.

  • In Cabanis's classification (1842), an order of insessorial birds, consisting of a majority of those non-oscine forms which had been called Picariœ 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun plural (Zoöl.) A division of passerine birds in which the vocal muscles are but little developed, so that they lack the power of singing.

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

  • noun 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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