longspur

[ lawng-spur, long- ]
/ ˈlɔŋˌspɜr, ˈlɒŋ- /
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noun

any of several fringillid birds of the genus Calcarius of tundra or prairie regions of North America, characterized by a long spurlike hind claw on each foot.

Nearby words

  1. longshorewoman,
  2. longshoring,
  3. longsleever,
  4. longsome,
  5. longsomely,
  6. longstanding,
  7. longstreet,
  8. longstreet, james,
  9. longtime,
  10. longueuil

Origin of longspur

First recorded in 1825–35; long1 + spur1

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British Dictionary definitions for longspur

longspur

/ (ˈlɒŋˌspɜː) /

noun

any of various Arctic and North American buntings of the genera Calcarius and Rhyncophanes, all of which have a long claw on the hind toe
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