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 That rank not only reflects the relationship of frequent combatant pairs such as the house sparrow and the blue jay, but also accurately predicts which bird will dominate when two distant species meet for the first time. Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2021 The songbirds most commonly affected include the American robin, blue jay, common grackle, yellowtail flicker, European starling, northern cardinal, house finch, house sparrow, Eastern bluebird, red-bellied woodpecker, and Carolina wren. courant.com, 10 Aug. 2021 The birds most commonly affected include the American robin, blue jay, common grackle, yellowtail flicker, European starling, northern cardinal, house finch, house sparrow, Eastern bluebird, red-bellied woodpecker, and Carolina wren. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, 8 July 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 20 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of house sparrow

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 28 May. 2022.

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