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house sparrow

noun
1.
a small, hardy, buffy-brown and gray bird, Passer domesticus, of Europe, introduced into America, Australia, etc.
Also called English sparrow.
Origin of house sparrow
1665-1675
First recorded in 1665-75
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  • The canary and the house sparrow are the most familiar examples of this family.

    Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
  • Among birds, the house sparrow may be cited as a species known to have extended its range with the tillage of the soil.

    Principles of Geology Charles Lyell
  • It is related to our ubiquitous friend the house sparrow, and is known to men of science as Ploceus baya.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • Although there are no other records, the house sparrow is probably fairly common in the villages and towns of the State.

  • The English house sparrow has no song at all, but a harsh chatter that is unmatched among our birds.

    Locusts and Wild Honey John Burroughs
  • The house sparrow is another familiar bird of the farm and garden.

  • We say nothing about the migrations of the house sparrow, because atpresent they are not at all clear.

  • Finally the house sparrow and the tom-tit occupy the last place on the list.

  • From this it seems to be very like the house sparrow; its plumage is, however, altogether lighter.

  • In Germany and England it is not so common as the house sparrow, for in some provinces it is never seen.

British Dictionary definitions for house sparrow

house sparrow

noun
1.
a small Eurasian weaverbird, Passer domesticus, now established in North America and Australia. It has a brown streaked plumage with grey underparts Also called (US) English sparrow
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