Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An order of the class Aves, typified by the genus Passer, comprehending more than half of all birds.

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  • n. two names for the suborder of typical songbirds

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Examples

  • It is said by one writer that the dipper has never been known to alight on a tree, preferring a rock or a piece of driftwood beside the babbling stream; yet he has the digits and claws of the passeres, among which he is placed systematically.

    Birds of the Rockies

  • Odd as it may seem to the uninformed, the nuthatches belong to the order of passeres or perching birds, in spite of their creeping habits.

    Our Bird Comrades

  • The systematists have placed them in this niche of the avicular scheme, not only because they are able to perch like other passeres on twigs and small branches, but also because they have the foot of the true perching bird, with three toes in front and one, well developed, in the rear.

    Our Bird Comrades

  • Verissime ergo et secundum Scripturam pronunciavit Augustinus (in libro De agone Christi, cap. viii.): 'Dominus dixit, nonne duo passeres asse veniunt, et unus eorum non cadit in terram sine voluntate Patris vestri?

    The Creeds of the Evangelical Protestant Churches.

  • Dutch plaice, which, with the sole, were known under the general name of passeres, were all equally esteemed, and had generally the same qualities attributed to them.

    The Book of Household Management

  • The small sapajous of America, which imitate in whistling the tones of the passeres, have the bone of the tongue thin and simple, but the apes of large size, as the alouates and marimondes, * have the tongue placed on a large bony drum.

    Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America

  • The small sapajous of America, which imitate in whistling the tones of the passeres, have the bone of the tongue thin and simple, but the apes of large size, as the alouates and marimondes, * (* Ateles, Geoffroy.) have the tongue placed on a large bony drum.

    Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America, During the Year 1799-1804 — Volume 1

  • Suppressing, with M. Cuvier, the order of picae, we must refer this extraordinary bird to the passeres, the genera of which are connected with each other by almost imperceptible transitions.

    Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America, During the Year 1799-1804 — Volume 1

  • All the tuneful _passeres_ express their complacency by sweet modulations and a variety of melody.

    The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 2

  • This assemblage of curious and amusing birds belongs to ten several genera of the Linnaean system, and are all of the _ordo_ of _passeres_ save the _Jynx_ and _Cuculus_, which are _picae_, and the _Charadrius_

    The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1

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