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snow bunting

noun
  1. a bunting, Plectrophenax nivalis, of the northern parts of the Northern Hemisphere having white plumage.
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Origin of snow bunting

First recorded in 1765–75
Also called snowbird, snowflake.
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Examples from the Web for snow bunting

Historical Examples

  • They differ from the snow-bunting of the far north, with which they must not be confounded.

    The Western World

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • The snow-bunting is also met with in the northern districts of Asia and America.

    Everyday Objects

    W. H. Davenport Adams

  • It comes from an old acquaintance from the home land, the snoesparfven or snoelaerkan, the snow-bunting (Emberiza nivalis, L.).

  • On May 3d we were again visited by a snow-bunting, and a couple of days later by two more.

    Farthest North

    Fridtjof Nansen

  • Siskins come at uncertain intervals; and in very severe seasons the snow-bunting is sometimes noticed.

    Lancashire

    Leo H. (Leo Hartley) Grindon


British Dictionary definitions for snow bunting

snow bunting

noun
  1. a bunting, Plectrophenax nivalis, of northern and arctic regions, having a white plumage with dark markings on the wings, back, and tail
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