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English sparrow

  1. house sparrow.
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Origin of English sparrow

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80
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Historical Examples

  • She had not really moved in, when who should peep in but Mr. English-Sparrow.

    The Nursery, No. 103, July, 1875. Vol. XVIII.


  • No sooner did they appear on the ground than trouble began with the English-sparrow tribe.

    A Bird-Lover in the West

    Olive Thorne Miller