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  • n  any of various finches of Europe or America having a massive and powerful bill

  • By Metropolitan Opera standards, Songstress Clooney is as innocent of musical training as a rose-breasted grosbeak.

  • John James Audubon in Zanesville Times Recorder
    In 1840, John James Audubon wrote: "In richness of plumage, elegance of motion, and strength of song, this species surpasses all its kindred in the United States, and the Cardinal Grosbeak is always welcome and everywhere a favourite."

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