noun, plural jun·cos.

any of several small North American finches of the genus Junco.

Origin of junco

1700–10; < Spanish: rush, bird found in rush beds < Latin juncus rush
Also called snowbird.
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Examples from the Web for junco

Historical Examples of junco

  • The Junco neighborhood was a populous part of our calling district.

    Little Brothers of the Air

    Olive Thorne Miller

  • In the afternoon he came upon a dead bird,—apparently a junco,—which he ate.

    The Grizzly

    Enos A. Mills

  • Similar to the Pink-sided Junco but duller colored; eggs probably the same.

    The Bird Book

    Chester A. Reed

  • Its nesting habits and eggs do not differ from those of the Pink-sided Junco.

    The Bird Book

    Chester A. Reed

  • Resembles the Pink-sided Junco but is smaller, darker and duller colored.

    The Bird Book

    Chester A. Reed

British Dictionary definitions for junco


noun plural -cos or -coes

any North American bunting of the genus Junco, having a greyish plumage with white outer tail feathers

Word Origin for junco

C18: from Spanish: a rush, a marsh bird, from Latin juncus rush
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Word Origin and History for junco

1706, from Spanish junco "reed, bush," as in junco ave "reed sparrow," a bird of the Indies.

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