field sparrow

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noun

a common North American finch, Spizella pusilla, found in brushy pasturelands.

Origin of field sparrow

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10
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Examples from the Web for field sparrow

  • The lower part of the web was broken, and in it were entangled two small birds about the size of a field-sparrow.

    The Inca Emerald|Samuel Scoville
  • The three bluish-white eggs with rufous markings at the larger end are the field-sparrow's own.

    Some Summer Days in Iowa|Frederick John Lazell