from The Century Dictionary.
- noun See
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Zoöl.) See
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun Alternative form of
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
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Last year the groos beak didnt arrive on time an Esther got werried and she got the big boid book, opened it to the grossbeak pichur and held it up to the winder calling fer them.
Indeed, these two birds so much resemble each other in color, form, manner, voice, and general habits that, were it not for the difference in size, -- the grossbeak being nearly as large again as the indigo-bird, -- it would be a hard matter to tell them apart.
Among the five that interested me most was that of a blue grossbeak.
_Bobby_, the grossbeak, brought to the door in pin feathers and skin like oiled silk by an Indian.
Stop within doors and sit at the window; a small grossbeak overhead, and we two looking out upon the rain and fog.
The quaint grossbeak, the ugly heron, the dirty-black buzzard, the hideous water-goose, with his featherless body and satiric head, start up from their nooks as you enter; the water moccasin slides warily into the slime; and if you see a sudden movement in the centre of a leaden-colored mass, with a flash or two of white in it, you will do well to beware, for half a dozen alligators may show themselves at home there.
The Great South; A Record of Journeys in Louisiana, Texas, the Indian Territory, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland
But the most interesting thing that they saw in the shape of nests was that of a kind of sociable grossbeak, a flock of which had built a town in a large tree, quite a hundred nests being together in common; while in another tree, whose branches drooped over the water, there were suspended dozens of a curiously woven bottle-shaped nest, with its entrance below, to keep the young birds from the attack of snakes.