crossbill


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Crossbill \Cross"bill`\, n. (Zool.)
   A bird of the genus Loxia, allied to the finches. Their
   mandibles are strongly curved and cross each other; the
   crossbeak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Crossbill \Cross"bill`\ (-b[i^]l`). (Law)
   A bill brought by a defendant, in an equity or chancery suit,
   against the plaintiff, respecting the matter in question in
   that suit. --Bouvier.
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   Note: In criminal practice, cross bills of indictment for
         assault, in which the prosecutor in once case is the
         defendant in another, may be tried together.
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