Bachman's sparrow

noun
Bach·​man's sparrow | \ ˈbäkmənz- \
variants: or less commonly Bachman sparrow \ -​ən-​ \

Definition of Bachman's sparrow

: 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

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of Bachman's sparrow

1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Bachman's sparrow

after John Bachman †1874 American Luthern clergyman and naturalist

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about Bachman's sparrow

Time Traveler for Bachman's sparrow

Time Traveler

The first known use of Bachman's sparrow was in 1887

See more words from the same year

Statistics for Bachman's sparrow

Cite this Entry

“Bachman's sparrow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Bachman%27s%20sparrow. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

Comments on Bachman's sparrow

What made you want to look up Bachman's sparrow? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words of Snow and Ice Quiz

  • image1037863653
  • Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!