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towhee

[tou-hee, toh-hee, toh-ee] /ˈtaʊ hi, ˈtoʊ hi, ˈtoʊ i/
noun
1.
any of several long-tailed North American finches of the genera Pipilo and Chlorura.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30, Americanism; imitative
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  • Other birds, such as the towhee, can be heard rustling the leaves on the forest floor.
  • In the blackjack oak uplands, a towhee scratches though the leaf litter hunting beetles and grubs.
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towhee

/ˈtaʊhɪ; ˈtəʊ-/
noun
1.
any of various North American brownish-coloured sparrows of the genera Pipilo and Chlorura
Word Origin
C18: imitative of its note
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