- 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
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
Its nesting habits and eggs do not differ from those of the Pink-sided Junco.
Similar to the Pink-sided Junco but duller colored; eggs probably the same.
Resembles the Pink-sided Junco but is smaller, darker and duller colored.
- any North American bunting of the genus Junco, having a greyish plumage with white outer tail feathers
C18: from Spanish: a rush, a marsh bird, from Latin juncus rush
Word Origin and History for junco
1706, from Spanish junco "reed, bush," as in junco ave "reed sparrow," a bird of the Indies.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper