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hedge sparrow

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noun
  1. the dunnock.

Origin of hedge sparrow

First recorded in 1520–30
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Examples from the Web for hedge sparrow

Historical Examples

  • A hedge-sparrow has built him a house in the nearest tangle of white hawthorn.

    A Devotee

    Mary Cholmondeley

  • The chaffinch, greenfinch, hedge-sparrow, and wren are less common.

    Birds in London

    W. H. Hudson

  • The sun shone exhilaratingly from a sky the color of a hedge-sparrow's egg.

    The Little Warrior

    P. G. Wodehouse

  • It is three years since I have found a hedge-sparrow's nest with eggs in it.

  • It has frequently more resemblance to the hedge-sparrow than to the lark.


British Dictionary definitions for hedge sparrow

hedge sparrow

noun
  1. a small brownish European songbird, Prunella modularis: family Prunellidae (accentors)Also called: dunnock
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