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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various birds of the families Fringillidae and Cardinalidae found in Eurasia and the Americas, having a thick conical bill.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A bird having a notably large, heavy, or turgid bill: usually a general and indefinite name of birds of the family Fringillidæ: in the plural loosely synonymous with the nominal subfamily Coccothraustinœ.

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

  • noun (Zoöl.) One of various species of finches having a large, stout beak. The common European grosbeak or hawfinch is Coccothraustes vulgaris.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of several finches and cardinals that have a large, powerful bill

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

  • noun any of various finches of Europe or America having a massive and powerful bill

Etymologies

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

[Partial translation of French grosbec : gros, thick, large (from Old French; see gross) + bec, beak.]

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