from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several birds, especially of the genus Calcarius of the northern United States, Canada, and the Arctic, having brownish plumage and long-clawed hind toes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A specific type of bird, of the genus Calcarius; it has a long claw on the hind toe of each foot.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of several species of fringilline birds of the genus Calcarius (or Plectrophanes), and allied genera. The Lapland longspur (Calcarius Lapponicus), the chestnut-colored longspur (Calcarius ornatus), and other species, inhabit the United States.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In ornithology, a bird of the genus Centrophanes (or Calcarius): same as lark-bunting, 1.


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