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 The big takeaway Thinking like a song sparrow: That was the differentiator of pioneering ethologist and ornithologist Margaret Morse Wise, the subject of a new biography. National Geographic, "How many species haven't we found yet?," 26 Dec. 2019 The song sparrow will return and sing, the frogs will awake, the warm wind will blow again. Kate Dicamillo, Time, "Why Children’s Books Should Be a Little Sad," 12 Jan. 2018 This little sparrow is a bit larger than the song sparrow, with a length of about 6 inches and a wingspan or about 9 inches. Ernie Cowan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "White-crowns are sparrows of a different stripe," 19 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of song sparrow

1810, in the meaning defined above

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“Song sparrow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/song%20sparrow. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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