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Definition of "waxbill" [wax•bill]

  • Any of various tropical Old World birds of the genus Estrilda and related genera, having a short, often brightly colored waxy beak. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "waxbill" in a sentence
  • "The Cinderella waxbill is found in the wetter area of southern Angola, entering the ecoregion down the Kunene River."
  • "All the near-endemic species except the Cinderella waxbill (Estrilda thomensis) are restricted to rocky habitats."
  • "Some introduced resident landbirds are waxbill (Estrilda astrild), common myna (Acridotheres tristis), and canary (Serinus flaviventris)."