[lawng-spur, long-]
  1. 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.

Origin of longspur

First recorded in 1825–35; long1 + spur1
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  1. 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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