junco

noun
jun·​co | \ ˈjəŋ-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce junco (audio) \
plural juncos or juncoes

Definition of junco

: any of a genus (Junco of the family Emberizidae) of small widely distributed North American finches usually having a pink bill, ashy gray head and back, and conspicuous white lateral tail feathers

Examples of junco in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Moreover, when researchers forced a grayish sparrow called a junco (which has some of the lowest fledgling survival rates among the species studied) to stay in the nest for 13 days instead of 10, more lived to adulthood. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 20 June 2018 Moreover, when researchers forced a grayish sparrow called a junco (which has some of the lowest fledgling survival rates among the species studied) to stay in the nest for 13 days instead of 10, more lived to adulthood. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of junco

1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for junco

New Latin, from Spanish, reed — more at jonquil

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“Junco.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/junco. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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junco

noun
jun·​co | \ ˈjəŋ-kō How to pronounce junco (audio) \
plural juncos or juncoes

Kids Definition of junco

: a small mostly gray North American bird usually having a pink bill

More from Merriam-Webster on junco

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