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vesper sparrow

  1. a common finch, Pooecetes gramineus, of fields and pastures in North America, noted for its evening song.
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Origin of vesper sparrow

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65
Also called grass finch.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • And when you go home tired after sundown, vesper-sparrow will tell you how grateful we are.

    The Great Round World and What Is Going On In It, Vol. 1, No. 39, August 5, 1897


  • One of the foremost birds in the spring movement is the grass-finch (vesper-sparrow or bay-winged bunting).

  • In one of the stumpy fields I saw an old favorite in the grass-finch or vesper-sparrow.


    John Burroughs

  • As they fly up, they show two or three white quills in the tail like the vesper-sparrow.


    John Burroughs