tree sparrow

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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. tree ring,
  2. tree runner,
  3. tree shrew,
  4. tree snail,
  5. tree snake,
  6. tree squirrel,
  7. tree surgery,
  8. tree swallow,
  9. tree swift,
  10. tree toad

Origin of tree sparrow

First recorded in 1760–70

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British Dictionary definitions for tree sparrow

tree sparrow

noun

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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