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junco

[juhng-koh] /ˈdʒʌŋ koʊ/
noun, plural juncos.
1.
any of several small North American finches of the genus Junco.
Also called snowbird.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; < Spanish: rush, bird found in rush beds < Latin juncus rush
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Examples from the web for junco
  • Common summer resident birds include the white-throated sparrow, northern junco, and yellow-bellied sapsucker.
  • The slate-colored junco is distinguished by the slaty-gray back, white bill, and white underparts.
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junco

/ˈdʒʌŋkəʊ/
noun (pl) -cos, -coes
1.
any North American bunting of the genus Junco, having a greyish plumage with white outer tail feathers
Word Origin
C18: from Spanish: a rush, a marsh bird, from Latin juncus rush
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Word Origin and History for junco
n.

1706, from Spanish junco "reed, bush," as in junco ave "reed sparrow," a bird of the Indies.

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