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grass finch

or grass·finch

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noun
  1. any of several Australian weaverbirds, especially of the genus Poephila.
  2. the vesper sparrow.
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Origin of grass finch

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85
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Examples from the Web for grass finch

Historical Examples

  • Wilson, I believe, calls him the grass-finch, and was evidently unacquainted with his powers of song.

    Wake-Robin

    John Burroughs

  • One of the foremost birds in the spring movement is the grass-finch (vesper-sparrow or bay-winged bunting).

  • Wilson, I believe, calls him the Grass-Finch, and was evidently unacquainted with his powers of song.

  • In one of the stumpy fields I saw an old favorite in the grass-finch or vesper-sparrow.

    Wake-Robin

    John Burroughs