Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various finches of the genus Loxia, having curved mandibles with narrow tips that cross when the bill is closed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various finches of the genus Loxia, whose bill crosses over at the tips; they are specialist feeders on conifer cones.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. See in the Vocabulary.
  • A bill brought by a defendant, in an equity or chancery suit, against the plaintiff, respecting the matter in question in that suit.
  • n. A bird of the genus Loxia, allied to the finches. Their mandibles are strongly curved and cross each other; the crossbeak.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bird in which each mandible of the bill is laterally deflected, so that the tips of the two mandibles cross each other when the beak is closed.

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

  • n. finch with a bill whose tips cross when closed

Etymologies

cross +‎ bill (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The "cardinal grosbeak" (_Pitylus cardinalis_) with his bright scarlet wings; the blue jay, noisy and chattering; the rarer "crossbill" (_Loxia_) with its deep crimson colour; and many others, equally bright and beautiful, enlivened the woods, either with their voice or their gaudy plumage.

    The Young Voyageurs Boy Hunters in the North

  • "'There is a bird called the crossbill that makes its nest in the pine.

    Among the Trees at Elmridge

  • "crossbill" with its deep crimson colour; and many others, equally bright and beautiful, enlivened the woods, either with their voice or their gaudy plumage.

    Popular Adventure Tales

  • According to Esther del Val, from the National History Museum in Barcelona, Spain, and her team, the red carotenoids that give the common crossbill Loxia curvirostra its red coloration are produced in the liver, not the skin, as previously thought.

    Birds: Feather Color Is More Than Skin Deep | Impact Lab

  • Saw a crossbill at the sunflower feeder this morning.

    The redpolls abideth forever

  • The last white-winged crossbill I saw there was in the process of being eaten by a peregrine a couple years ago and for some reason I haven't seen any since.

    dreaming back

  • Red crossbill (Loxia curvirostra), known primarily from high-latitude coniferous forests, reaches its southernmost extent in the Old World in the mountains of the Central Cordillera (the populations in Central America, notably Nicaragua, are further south).

    Luzon tropical pine forests

  • A total of 227 bird species have been recorded (including species characteristic of all boreal forest habitats) which include great grey owl Strix nebulosa and snowy owl Nyctea scandiaca, willow ptarmigan Lagopus lagopus, redpoll Acanthis spp., crossbill Lorix spp. and borealchickadee Parus hudsonicus.

    Wood Buffalo National Park, Canada

  • Best guess compiled from three bird books seems to be an immature white-winged crossbill, not commonly a feeder bird.

    Raining

  • Then she pointed to a picture of a red crossbill in the bird book she held open.

    The Goddess and the Bull

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