from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. yellowish
- adj. Of or pertaining to the Icteridae family of passerine birds
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Yellow, or marked with yellow, as a bird; specifically, having the characters of the Icteridæ or Icterinæ.
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And the rarer ones -- the grey shrike, that buzzard of the cliff (the most perilous scramble of all my life), the crested titmouse, the serin finch on the apple tree, that first icterine warbler whose five eggs, blotched with purple and quite unfamiliar at the time, gave me such a thrill of joy that I nearly lost my foothold on the swerving alder branch ----