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chipping sparrow

a small, North American sparrow, Spizella passerina, common in urban areas.
Origin of chipping sparrow
1785-95, Americanism; chip2 + -ing2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I have asked person after person if he knew the song of the chipping-sparrow, and most of them are unaware that it has any song.

    The Holy Earth L. H. Bailey
  • Now it appears to be the redeye, and again the chipping-sparrow.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
British Dictionary definitions for chipping-sparrow

chipping sparrow

a common North American sparrow, Spizella passerina, having brown-and-grey plumage and a white eye stripe
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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