World English Dictionary
sparrow (ˈspærəʊ)
1.  any weaverbird of the genus Passer and related genera, esp the house sparrow, having a brown or grey plumage and feeding on seeds or insects
2.  (US), (Canadian) any of various North American finches, such as the chipping sparrow (Spizella passerina), that have a dullish streaked plumage
Related: passerine
[Old English spearwa; related to Old Norse spörr, Old High German sparo]

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