house sparrow

Origin of house sparrow

First recorded in 1665–75
Also called English sparrow.
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house sparrow

noun
  1. a small Eurasian weaverbird, Passer domesticus, now established in North America and Australia. It has a brown streaked plumage with grey underpartsAlso called (US): English sparrow
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