junco

[ juhng-koh ]
/ ˈdʒʌŋ koʊ /

noun, plural jun·cos.

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

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Origin of junco

1700–10; <Spanish: rush, bird found in rush beds <Latin juncus rush
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British Dictionary definitions for junco

junco
/ (ˈdʒʌŋkəʊ) /

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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