Bachman's sparrow

noun Bach·man's sparrow \ˈbäkmənz-\
variants: less commonly

Bachman sparrow


Definition of Bachman's sparrow

  1. :  a sparrow (Aimophila aestivalis bachmani) of the central and southern U.S. that is reddish brown above and white below with the breast and sides washed with warm light brown

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Origin and Etymology of bachman's sparrow

after John Bachman †1874 American Luthern clergyman and naturalist

First Known Use: 1887

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