house sparrow

noun

Definition of house sparrow

: a sparrow (Passer domesticus) native to Eurasia that has been introduced worldwide and is found especially in urban and agricultural areas

called also English sparrow

Examples of house sparrow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the same cicada event in the same woods that year did not correspond with any difference in the average number of eggs per house sparrow nest, compared with the prior and subsequent years. Jillian Mock, Scientific American, "Brood X Cicadas Could Cause a Bird Baby Boom," 9 Apr. 2021 Lapsansky and his colleagues have also found another nonswimming species, the house sparrow (Passer domesticus), swims just as well as starlings. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Watch this ‘nonswimming’ bird swim like a champ, giving clues to evolution of penguins," 5 Jan. 2021 The department plans a series of pond-to-table videos leading up to the Institute’s Invasive Species Cook-off in 2021 (remember reading here several years ago about my daughter’s popcorn house sparrow?). Bill Monroe, oregonlive, "Bill Monroe: Eat a frog, save a frog (or fish, pond turtle, etc.)," 5 Sep. 2020 For most of the early morning the train platform remained empty and quiet, except for the chirping of house sparrows. Christina Goldbaum, New York Times, "Here’s What the First Night of the Subway Shutdown Looked Like," 7 May 2020 The common house sparrow was at the top of the list for losses, as were many other sparrows. Christina Larson, The Denver Post, "Where have the wild birds gone? 3 billion fewer than 1970," 20 Sep. 2019 The common house sparrow was at the top of the list for losses, as were many other sparrows. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Where have the wild birds gone? 3 billion fewer than 1970," 19 Sep. 2019 The common house sparrow was at the top of the list for losses, as were many other sparrows. courant.com, "Where have the wild birds gone? 3 billion fewer than 1970," 19 Sep. 2019 Who isn’t inspired to gluttony by seeing an English house sparrow surrounded by a gold mine’s worth of greasy fries? New York Times, "Respect the Hustle of Soda Can Raccoon and Murder Cat," 22 Nov. 2019

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1653, in the meaning defined above

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“House sparrow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/house%20sparrow. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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