crossbill

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cross +‎ bill

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crossbill (plural crossbills)

  1. Any of various finches of the genus Loxia, whose bill crosses over at the tips; they are specialist feeders on conifer cones.
  2. (law) A bill brought by a defendant, in an equity or chancery suit, against the plaintiff, respecting the matter in question in that suit.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Bouvier to this entry?)

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