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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [waks-bil]
    • /ˈwæksˌbɪl/
    • /wˈaksbɪl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [waks-bil]
    • /ˈwæksˌbɪl/

Definitions of waxbill word

  • noun waxbill any of several small Old World finches, especially of the genus Estrilda, that have white, pink, or red bills of waxy appearance and are often kept as cage birds. 1
  • noun waxbill A small, finchlike Old World songbird, typically brightly colored and with a red bill that resembles sealing wax in color. 1
  • noun waxbill any of various chiefly African finchlike weaverbirds of the genus Estrilda and related genera, having a brightly coloured bill and plumage 0
  • noun waxbill any of a group of small, Old World passerine birds (family Estrildidae) with waxy pink, scarlet, or white bills: some species are kept as cage birds 0
  • noun waxbill Any bird of the genus Estrilda. 0

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Origin of waxbill

First appearance:

before 1745
One of the 47% newest English words
First recorded in 1745-55; wax1 + bill2

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Parts of speech for Waxbill


waxbill popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 53% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 64% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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