from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or belonging to the Oscines, a large suborder of passerine birds that includes most songbirds.
- n. A bird of the suborder Oscines.
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- adj. Pertaining to songbirds
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Relating to the Oscines.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to the Oscines: applied to those Passeres which are acromyodian and to their type of structure: as, an oscine bird; an oscine syrinx. Also oscinine, oscinian.
- n. An oscine bird; a member of the Oscines.
- n. A crystalline alkaloid, C8H13O2N, found in crude belladonine and also made from other alkaloids. It melts at 110° C. Also called pseudatropine, scopoline, and oxytropine.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. passerine bird having specialized vocal apparatus
- adj. of or relating to the songbirds
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).
A phylogenetic supertree of oscine passerine birds (Aves: Passeri).
It was something after the order of the purple martin's melodious sputter, only the tones were richer and fuller and the music better defined, as became a genuine oscine.
When considering the perching birds oscine and suboscine the team found that despite having northern ancestral origins, 55% of New World oscine species now breed in South America, many of them in tropical habitats.
Thus, our study has revealed more than 200 annotated and unique genes that have not been previously detected in the context of the oscine song system.