song sparrow



a small emberizine songbird, Melospiza melodia, common in North America.

Origin of song sparrow

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for song sparrow

Historical Examples of song sparrow

  • As he spoke, a song-sparrow near by poured out a flood of melody.

    The Opened Shutters

    Clara Louise Burnham

  • February 24—The bluebird, "angel of the spring," arrives; also the song-sparrow.

  • By this time the shower was over, and a song-sparrow was giving thanks.

    A Rambler's lease

    Bradford Torrey

  • The song-sparrow, which every child knows, comes first; at least, his voice is first heard.


    John Burroughs

  • From a bush near by a song-sparrow flung a note of spring across the meadow.

    Tom Grogan

    F. Hopkinson Smith

British Dictionary definitions for song sparrow

song sparrow


a common North American finch, Melospiza melodia, having brown-and-white plumage and a melodious song
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