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Definition of "oscine" [os•cine]

  • Of, relating to, or belonging to the Oscines, a large suborder of passerine birds that includes most songbirds. (adjective)
  • A bird of the suborder Oscines. (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 "oscine" in a sentence
  • "Plenty of parrots and hummingbirds do, and likewise many of what are called oscine songbirds, including the warblers, sparrows, blackbirds, thrushes and so on."
  • "For that matter, however, there is no one of our birds -- be he, in technical language, "oscine" or "non-oscine" -- whose voice is not, in its own way, agreeable."
  • "Bush warblers are particularly newsworthy right now (to my mind at any rate) given that the just-published oscine supertree of Jønsson & Fjeldså (2006) found Cettia to be diphyletic, with C. cetti grouping with the tesias* and Urosphena (the stubtails) while the Japanese bush warbler C. diphone grouped with the Broad-billed flycatcher-warbler Tickellia hodgsoni and Orthotomus (the tailorbirds)."