Gros"beak (?), n. [Gross + beak: cf. F. gros-bec.] Zool.

One of various species of finches having a large, stout beak. The common European grosbeak or hawfinch is Coccothraustes vulgaris.

⇒ Among the best known American species are the rose-breasted (Habia Ludoviciana); the blue (Guiraca cerulea); the pine (Pinicola enucleator); and the evening grosbeak. See Hawfinch, and Cardinal grosbeak, Evening grosbeak, under Cardinal and Evening. [Written also grossbeak.]

<-- illustr. Rose-breasted Grosbeak, (Habia Ludoviciana). -->


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