- a North American sparrow, Passerella iliaca, having a bright rufous tail and streaked breast.
Origin of fox sparrow
An Americanism dating back to 1860–65
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Examples from the Web for fox sparrow
In February, one may hear, in the Smithsonian grounds, the song of the fox-sparrow.Wake-Robin
Our song-sparrow, fox-sparrow, the whitethroat and others are among the best of American singing birds.The Animal World, A Book of Natural History
Second to none in delicate beauty of coloring, king of his tribe, is the fox-sparrow.