[ juhng-koh ]

noun,plural jun·cos.
  1. 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

Words Nearby junco

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How to use junco in a sentence

  • Slightly larger than the common eastern junco, and with two white bars on the wing and more white on the tail.

    Bird Guide: Land Birds East of the Rockies | Chester A. (Chester Albert) Reed
  • This was the first junco's nest I had ever found, and no one can blame me for feeling gratified with the discovery.

    Birds of the Rockies | Leander Sylvester Keyser
  • Before leaving the town, our first gray-headed junco for this expedition was seen.

    Birds of the Rockies | Leander Sylvester Keyser
  • The little black-headed snowbird, Thurber's junco, is the most common of all the Tahoe birds.

    The Lake of the Sky | George Wharton James
  • The junco's call-notes are a sharp tsip, a contented chew-chew-chew, and a sharp kissing call.

    What Bird is That? | Frank M. Chapman

British Dictionary definitions for junco


/ (ˈdʒʌŋkəʊ) /

nounplural -cos or -coes
  1. any North American bunting of the genus Junco, having a greyish plumage with white outer tail feathers

Origin of junco

C18: from Spanish: a rush, a marsh bird, from Latin juncus rush

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