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(Science: zoology) Of or pertaining to the passeres. The columbine, gallinaceous, and passerine tribes people the fruit trees. (Sydney Smith)

Origin: L. Passerinus, fr. Passer a sparrow.

(Science: zoology) One of the passeres.

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Dinosaur Confusion

... the modern bird line survived (shorebirds most likely survived the extinctions and gave raise to the modern birds we see today). Almost all non-passerine birds exploded into existence shortly after the mass extinctions, with the passerines first showing up about 20MYA (crows, jays, and their ...

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Thu Mar 02, 2006 2:11 am
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Topic: Dinosaur Confusion
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