song sparrow

noun

Definition of song sparrow

: a North American sparrow (Melospiza melodia of the family Emberizidae) that is brownish above and white below with brownish streaks on the breast and that has a melodious song

Examples of song sparrow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For one thing, in this study, there was only about a twofold difference in relative brain size between the species with the largest brain—the song sparrow—and the one with the smallest—the Swainson’s Thrush. Shahla Farzan, Scientific American, 25 Apr. 2022 The song sparrow will return and sing, the frogs will awake, the warm wind will blow again. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 The song sparrow will return and sing, the frogs will awake, the warm wind will blow again. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 The song sparrow will return and sing, the frogs will awake, the warm wind will blow again. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 The song sparrow will return and sing, the frogs will awake, the warm wind will blow again. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 The song sparrow will return and sing, the frogs will awake, the warm wind will blow again. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 Birds that had big brains, relative to their bodies such as the song sparrow and other New World sparrows, had body-size reductions that were only about one-third of those observed for birds with smaller brains, the study found. Katie Hunt, CNN, 11 Feb. 2022 This song sparrow would be a better parent if the ravens would just shut up. Doug Johnson, Ars Technica, 7 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of song sparrow

1810, in the meaning defined above

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28 Apr 2022

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“Song sparrow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/song%20sparrow. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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