[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
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Examples from the Web for towhee
So let us call the towhee a finch, and say no more about it.Birds in the Bush
Two eggs of the cowbird and two or three of the towhee in a nest are common.
Chewink, or towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus), the "Hermit's" story, 93.Ways of Nature
Chewink: towhee, or ground-robin; to be distinguished by his loud call of “chewink” and his vigorous scratching among the leaves.The Spring of the Year
Dallas Lore Sharp
The Chewink, or Towhee, called Nahl-tse, was instrumental in procuring the first fire.California Athabascan Groups
Martin A. Baumhoff
- any of various North American brownish-coloured sparrows of the genera Pipilo and Chlorura
C18: imitative of its note
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