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song sparrow

a small emberizine songbird, Melospiza melodia, common in North America.
Origin of song sparrow
An Americanism dating back to 1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Not to know the song sparrow is to miss one of the delights of summer.

    Bird Day; How to prepare for it Charles Almanzo Babcock
  • She knew, then, that the song sparrow had told her the truth.

    The Tale of the The Muley Cow Arthur Scott Bailey
  • It has somewhat the form of the song sparrow's song, just as the two birds resemble each other in form but are unlike in detail.

    What Bird is That? Frank M. Chapman
  • Then came a snatch of the wheezing strain of the song sparrow.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • The song sparrow, quite unafraid, builds her nest in the vines and squirrels come from the woods to sit on our doorstep.

    Johnny Longbow Roy J. Snell
  • This variety is paler than the song sparrow but darker than fallax.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • I have heard a song sparrow sing five or six different songs, standing all the time in plain sight on a fence.

    The Children's Book of Birds Olive Thorne Miller
  • The song sparrow laughed at him and flew away in disgust when he tried its notes.

    The Harvester Gene Stratton Porter
  • Probably the note of the first song sparrow or first bluebird, or the spring call of the nuthatch, sounded in unison.

    My Boyhood John Burroughs
  • And the Bluebird flew down to the garden bushes to tell his winter companion, the song sparrow, all about it.

    Citizen Bird Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
British Dictionary definitions for song sparrow

song sparrow

a common North American finch, Melospiza melodia, having brown-and-white plumage and a melodious song
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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