from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Any of various birds of the families Fringillidae and Cardinalidae found in Eurasia and the Americas, having a thick conical bill.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A bird having a notably large, heavy, or turgid bill: usually a general and indefinite name of birds of the family Fringillidæ: in the plural loosely synonymous with the nominal subfamily Coccothraustinœ.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Zoöl.) One of various species of finches having a large, stout beak. The common European grosbeak or hawfinch is
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- noun Any of several
finchesand cardinalsthat have a large, powerful bill
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- noun any of various finches of Europe or America having a massive and powerful bill
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
Another visitor from the sub-arctic regions is the pine grosbeak, which is often mistaken for the robin, for these two birds are nearly equal in size.
Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study Ontario. Ministry of Education
"She'd think a grosbeak was a depraved person with a large nose.
I know something of this region – have had other experiences like this: a pine grosbeak two years running on the telephone wire, of which I had the longest, clearest view.
From the pictures Bobby identified a killdeer, a finch, a swallow, a grosbeak.
Amends '82: Part Two 2010
By coincidence, I saw my first Rose-breasted grosbeak of the season just yesterday
By coincidence, I saw my first Rose-breasted grosbeak of the season just yesterday, but it was the relatively drab female.
The mixed mesophytic forest in coves supports a large variety of nesting birds, including the wood thrush, ovenbird, summer tanager, rose-breasted grosbeak, and all the other species already named.
A few years ago even had a blue grosbeak show up at our feeders.
At our place, the first grosbeak sighting of the 2007 season was a couple days ago.
Representative birds include boreal and great horned owl, blue jay and evening grosbeak.