December 13th, 2012

words are sexy

passerine

passerine (PAS-er-in, PAS-uh-rahyn, PAS-uh-reen) - adj., of, relating to, or belonging to the order Passeriformes, the birds with feet adapted for perching. n., any passerine bird.


Almost all the birds you can find on branch, with three toes pointing forward and one pointing back. More than half of all birds are passerine, including all the songbirds, corvids, thrushes, finches, larks, doves, and so on -- but not the fowls nor raptors, nor any sea-bird. The word was coined in 1776 from Latin passerinus, of a sparrow, from passer, sparrow, possibly of imitative origin.

"If you have a songbird friend, come on down to Frank's Finch Farm -- your one-stop source for all your passerine pals."

---L.