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

Examples of longspur in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The longspur is a bird of wide horizons and short grass, a prairie bird. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, "Once you start renaming birds, there's a lot to unravel," 8 Sep. 2020 The bird will now be known as the thick-billed longspur. Aj Willingham, CNN, "A bird named for a Confederate general officially has a new identity," 13 Aug. 2020 Many birders and researchers believe that renaming shouldn’t be limited to the longspur. Hannah Thomasy, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Bird Named for a Confederate General Sparks Calls for Change," 21 July 2020 Sightings at Nauset Spit in Orleans included a Lapland longspur, 3 marsh wrens, 5 American pipits, 21 Savannah sparrows, a yellow-breasted chat, and 3 bobolinks. BostonGlobe.com, "Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of Sept. 24) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.," 1 Oct. 2019 Parker River National Wildlife Refuge: Among reports were four Northern shovelers, a Eurasian wigeon, a ruddy duck, a pectoral sandpiper, three American woodcocks, an Eastern phoebe, and a Lapland longspur. BostonGlobe.com, "Most read on BostonGlobe.com," 3 Nov. 2019 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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“Longspur.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/longspur. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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