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English sparrow

noun
Origin of English sparrow
1875-1880
An Americanism dating back to 1875-80
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  • Busily at work on a pine cone near the top of a tree was a bird about the size of Bully the English sparrow.

  • The English sparrow is one of its greatest enemies, and not only drives it from its nesting-boxes, but attacks the young birds.

    Citizen Bird

    Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
  • After the examination of about eighty birds, the only one actually condemned to death is the English sparrow.

  • Why,” she went on, “they will not let boys stone even an English sparrow, but I think that is altogether too particular.

  • The song of the English sparrow is loud and short; but he tries to make up, by singing it over and over again, for many minutes.

    Woodland Tales Ernest Seton-Thompson
  • They did not decide matters in the same way as the English sparrow, and the Blackbirds.

    Dooryard Stories

    Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • What is the history of the English sparrow in this country, and how is his increase accounted for by his powers of adaptation?

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • Mr. English sparrow heard her say this, and thought he would rather like to be bothered in that way.

    Dooryard Stories

    Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • “Boys are a bother, anyway,” said an English sparrow, as he spattered in the edge of a puddle.

    Dooryard Stories

    Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • Then she swallowed a careless Bug who had mistaken her for an English sparrow and flown when he should have stayed hidden.

    Dooryard Stories

    Clara Dillingham Pierson

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