a Eurasian bird, Passer montanus, related to but smaller than the house sparrow.
a North American finch, Spizella arborea, common in winter in the northern U.S.
Origin of tree sparrow
First recorded in 1760–70
Words nearby tree sparrow
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Example sentences from the Web for tree sparrow
The tree-sparrow is perhaps the sweetest and most melodious warbler at present.
British Dictionary definitions for tree sparrow
a small European weaverbird, Passer montanus, similar to the house sparrow but having a brown head
a small North American finch, Spizella arborea, having a reddish-brown head, grey underparts, and brown striped back and wings
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