junco

noun jun·co \ ˈjəŋ-(ˌ)kō \
|Updated on: 29 Jun 2018

Definition of junco

plural juncos or juncoes
: 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

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Origin and Etymology of junco

New Latin, from Spanish, reed — more at jonquil


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junco

noun jun·co \ ˈjəŋ-kō \

Definition of junco for Students

plural juncos or juncoes
: a small mostly gray North American bird usually having a pink bill

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