- a small emberizine songbird, Melospiza melodia, common in North America.
Origin of song sparrow
An Americanism dating back to 1800–10
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Examples from the Web for song sparrow
As he spoke, a song-sparrow near by poured out a flood of melody.The Opened Shutters
Clara Louise Burnham
February 24—The bluebird, "angel of the spring," arrives; also the song-sparrow.
By this time the shower was over, and a song-sparrow was giving thanks.A Rambler's lease
The song-sparrow, which every child knows, comes first; at least, his voice is first heard.Wake-Robin
From a bush near by a song-sparrow flung a note of spring across the meadow.Tom Grogan
F. Hopkinson Smith
- a common North American finch, Melospiza melodia, having brown-and-white plumage and a melodious song
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