long·​spur | \ ˈlȯŋ-ˌspər How to pronounce longspur (audio) \

Definition of longspur

: any of several long-clawed finches (especially genus Calcarius) of the arctic regions and the Great Plains of North America

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At Duxbury Beach, there was a Lapland longspur and another horned grebe. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings," 4 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of longspur

1828, in the meaning defined above

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