bell sparrow


variants or bell's sparrow
often capitalized B
: a California desert sparrow (Amphispiza belli belli) that is brownish gray above and white below with a black tail and yellowish wing margins

Word History


after J.G. Bell †1889 American physician and ornithologist

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!

Dictionary Entries Near bell sparrow

Cite this Entry

“Bell sparrow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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