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snow bunting

a bunting, Plectrophenax nivalis, of the northern parts of the Northern Hemisphere having white plumage.
Also called snowbird, snowflake.
Origin of snow bunting
1765-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It was a snow-bunting, bringing them a greeting from the west coast, and their hearts grew warm within them at the welcome sound.

    Fridtjof Nansen Jacob B. Bull
  • They differ from the snow-bunting of the far north, with which they must not be confounded.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • A flock of snow-bunting fluttered and fed in a patch of dry seed-laden weeds.

    The Wolf's Long Howl Stanley Waterloo
  • I saw a snow-bunting yesterday, much higher up than the saxifrage; such a jolly, composed little fellow on a field of snow.

    Adrienne Toner Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • The first harbinger of spring we saw this year was a snow-bunting, which made its appearance on the evening of April 25th.

    Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen
  • As a snow-bunting flew from twig to twig, Mary caught the flutter of his tiny wings.

    A Ticket to Adventure Roy J. Snell
  • Once only Clarke shot a snow-bunting, a little bird hardly bigger than a sparrow.

    A Man's Woman Frank Norris
  • The sea-gulls circled about, and the snow-bunting whirled around the floes of ice on which the new-fallen snow lay and glittered.

    Fridtjof Nansen Jacob B. Bull
  • Captain Lyon found a child's grave partly uncovered, and a snow-bunting had built its nest upon the infant's bosom.

  • It made but one mouthful, to be sure, but it was quite as good as a snow-bunting would have been.

    Neighbors Unknown Charles G. D. Roberts
British Dictionary definitions for snow-bunting

snow bunting

a bunting, Plectrophenax nivalis, of northern and arctic regions, having a white plumage with dark markings on the wings, back, and tail
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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