longspur

noun

long·​spur ˈlȯŋ-ˌspər How to pronounce longspur (audio)
: any of several long-clawed finches (especially genus Calcarius) of the arctic regions and the Great Plains of North America

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In 2019, the AOS rejected an earlier proposal to rename the McCown’s longspur, in large part because there was no policy in place for changing a name based on offensiveness. Nathalie Alonso, Outside Online, 12 Feb. 2021 Four sandhill cranes were counted in New Braintree, three solitary sandpipers were seen in Northborough, and a Lapland longspur was found at the Uxbridge community gardens. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Oct. 2021 The longspur is a bird of wide horizons and short grass, a prairie bird. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, 8 Sep. 2020 The bird will now be known as the thick-billed longspur. Aj Willingham, CNN, 13 Aug. 2020 Many birders and researchers believe that renaming shouldn’t be limited to the longspur. Hannah Thomasy, Smithsonian Magazine, 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, 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, 3 Nov. 2019 At Duxbury Beach, there was a Lapland longspur and another horned grebe. BostonGlobe.com, 4 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of longspur was in 1828

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Cite this Entry

“Longspur.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/longspur. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

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