/os"in, -uyn/, adj.
1. of, belonging to, or pertaining to the suborder Oscines, of the order Passeriformes, comprising the songbirds that have highly developed vocal organs.
2. an oscine bird.
[1880-85, Amer.; < NL Oscines name of the suborder, equiv. to L oscin- (s. of oscen) songbird, orig. bird that gives omens by its cry (o(b)s-, var. of ob- OB- + -cin-, s. of -cen, n. deriv. of canere to sing) + -es nom. pl. n. suffix]

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      any bird of the suborder Passeres (order Passeriformes), which includes all songbirds. See songbird.

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