What does the word grosbeak mean?

Usage examples for grosbeak

  1. Of these I may cite the scarlet tanager and the rose- breasted grosbeak, both rather shy woodland dwellers, the tanager the friend of the tall timber, the grosbeak partial to sprout land and second growth, but both often found building their nests on the inviting boughs of apple trees not far from their favorite haunts. – Old Plymouth Trails by Winthrop Packard
  2. But while the vesper sparrow sings oftenest and most sweetly in the late afternoon and continues singing until only he and the rose- breasted grosbeak break the silence of the early night, his is one of the first voices to join the morning chorus. – Bird-Neighbors by Blanchan, Neltje
  3. Those who have heard the grosbeak describe its song as similar to that of the finch, though no doubt it is louder and stronger. – Locusts and Wild Honey by John Burroughs
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