waxwing

Definitions:

  • Any of several birds of the genus <em>Bombycilla</em> of the Northern Hemisphere, having a crested head, grayish-brown plumage, and usually waxy red tips on the wing feathers.
  • An oscine passerine bird of the genus <em>Ampelis</em> (or <em>Bombycilia</em>), family <em>Ampelidæ</em>: so called because the secondary quills of the wings, and sometimes other feathers of the wings or tail, are tipped with small red horny appendages resembling sealing-wax.
  • Any one of several species of small birds of the genus Ampelis, in which some of the secondary quills are usually tipped with small horny ornaments resembling red sealing wax. The Bohemian waxwing (see under <xref urlencoded="bohemian">bohemian</xref>) and the cedar bird are examples. Called also <altname>waxbird</altname>.
  • Any of several <xref>songbirds</xref> of the <xref>genus</xref> <xref>Bombycilla</xref>, having <xref>crested</xref> <xref>heads</xref>, and <xref>red</xref> <xref>tips</xref> to the <xref>wings</xref>.
  • brown velvety-plumaged songbirds of the northern hemisphere having crested heads and red waxy wing tips
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