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Meaning of passerine

pas•ser•ine

Pronunciation: (pas'ur-in, -u-rīn", -u-rēn"), [key]
— adj.
  1. of, belonging, or pertaining to the order Passeriformes, comprising more than half of all birds and typically having the feet adapted for perching.
  2. oscine (def. 1).
—n.
  1. any bird of the order Passeriformes.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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