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hedge sparrow

the dunnock.
Origin of hedge sparrow
1520-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The sun shone exhilaratingly from a sky the colour of a hedge-sparrow's egg.

    Jill the Reckless P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
  • It has frequently more resemblance to the hedge-sparrow than to the lark.

  • It is three years since I have found a hedge-sparrow's nest with eggs in it.

  • Sometimes it feeds on the ground like the hedge-sparrow, by hopping about on the grass-plots and mown-walks.

  • The sun shone exhilaratingly from a sky the color of a hedge-sparrow's egg.

    The Little Warrior P. G. Wodehouse
  • The hedge-sparrow blue enamel and the brass work were a dazzlement to the eyes in the brilliant June sunshine.

    Miss Million's Maid Bertha Ruck
  • The hedge-sparrow, the best bird for such a task, is too rare; should he increase again, the case will be different.

    Birds in London W. H. Hudson
  • But when she handed him the eggs Little Fawn said "It was not the eggs of the hedge-sparrow we were wont to eat in my time."

  • Two cuckoos and one hedge-sparrow were hatched in the same nest, and one hedge-sparrow's egg remained unhatched.

  • I chanced on a hedge-sparrow's lately, the whole groundwork of which was composed of the dry vines of the wild white convolvulus.

    The Hills and the Vale Richard Jefferies
British Dictionary definitions for hedge-sparrow

hedge sparrow

a small brownish European songbird, Prunella modularis: family Prunellidae (accentors) Also called dunnock
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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