chipping sparrow

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noun

a small, North American sparrow, Spizella passerina, common in urban areas.

Origin of chipping sparrow

An Americanism dating back to 1785–95; chip2 + -ing2
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Examples from the Web for chipping sparrow

  • I have asked person after person if he knew the song of the chipping-sparrow, and most of them are unaware that it has any song.

    The Holy Earth|L. H. Bailey
  • Now it appears to be the redeye, and again the chipping-sparrow.

    In the Open|Stanton Davis Kirkham

British Dictionary definitions for chipping sparrow

chipping sparrow

noun

a common North American sparrow, Spizella passerina, having brown-and-grey plumage and a white eye stripe

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