[tou-hee, toh-hee, toh-ee]


any of several long-tailed North American finches of the genera Pipilo and Chlorura.

Origin of towhee

An Americanism dating back to 1720–30; imitative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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any of various North American brownish-coloured sparrows of the genera Pipilo and Chlorura

Word Origin for towhee

C18: imitative of its note
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