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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or belonging to the Oscines, a large suborder of passerine birds that includes most songbirds.
  • n. A bird of the suborder Oscines.

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  • adj. Pertaining to songbirds

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Relating to the Oscines.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the Oscines: applied to those Passeres which are acromyodian and to their type of structure: as, an oscine bird; an oscine syrinx. Also oscinine, oscinian.
  • n. An oscine bird; a member of the Oscines.
  • n. A crystalline alkaloid, C8H13O2N, found in crude belladonine and also made from other alkaloids. It melts at 110° C. Also called pseudatropine, scopoline, and oxytropine.

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  • n. passerine bird having specialized vocal apparatus
  • adj. of or relating to the songbirds


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

From New Latin Oscinēs, suborder name, from Latin oscinēs, pl. of oscen, bird used in augury; see kan- in Indo-European roots.


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  • It was something after the order of the purple martin's melodious sputter, only the tones were richer and fuller and the music better defined, as became a genuine oscine.

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