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song sparrow

a small emberizine songbird, Melospiza melodia, common in North America.
Origin of song sparrow
1800-10, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Our song-sparrow, fox-sparrow, the whitethroat and others are among the best of American singing birds.

  • As he spoke, a song-sparrow near by poured out a flood of melody.

    The Opened Shutters Clara Louise Burnham
  • The love-song of the catbird and the autumn reverie of the song-sparrow are perhaps the best instances.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • February 24—The bluebird, "angel of the spring," arrives; also the song-sparrow.

  • That day his brookside singer became the song-sparrow; the brown triller, the Veery Thrush.

    Two Little Savages Ernest Thompson Seton
  • From a bush near by a song-sparrow flung a note of spring across the meadow.

    Tom Grogan F. Hopkinson Smith
  • By this time the shower was over, and a song-sparrow was giving thanks.

    A Rambler's lease Bradford Torrey
  • The female is the color of the song-sparrow, a little larger, with heavier beak, and tail much more forked.

    Wake-Robin John Burroughs
  • The master artists are all here; and the expectations excited by the robin and the song-sparrow are fully justified.

    Wake-Robin John Burroughs
  • It is rather a gentle song, though to be heard at some distance, carrying quite as far as that of the song-sparrow.

British Dictionary definitions for song-sparrow

song sparrow

a common North American finch, Melospiza melodia, having brown-and-white plumage and a melodious song
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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