from The Century Dictionary.

  • In Cuvier's system of classification, a division of his Passerinæ, including the swallows, swifts, and goatsuckers; an artificial group, the original components of which are now separated in different orders.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun plural (Zoöl.) A group of birds having the bill deeply cleft.


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  • A dull sermon, for instance, makes half the congregation "fissirostres."

    Love's Meinie Three Lectures on Greek and English Birds

  • In the conirostres are the perfections which belong to the incessores as an order, with the conspicuous external feature of a comparatively small notch in their bills; in the dentirostres, the notch is strong and toothlike, (hence the name of the tribe) assimilating them to the raptores; the fissirostres come into analogy with the natatores in the slight development of their feet and their great powers of flight; the tenuirostres have the small mouths and long soft bills of the grallatores.

    Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation


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