(Science: zoology) 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 coerulea); the pine (Pinicola enucleator); and the evening grosbeak. See hawfinch, and cardinal grosbeak, evening grosbeak, under cardinal and evening.
alternative forms: grossbeak.
Origin: gross – beak: cf. F. Gros-bec.