sparrow

noun
spar·​row | \ˈsper-(ˌ)ō, ˈspa-(ˌ)rō\

Definition of sparrow 

1 : any of a genus (Passer of the family Passeridae) of small chiefly brownish or grayish Old World oscine songbirds that include some which have been widely introduced especially : house sparrow

2 : any of numerous finches (family Emberizidae) that are New World birds (such as the song sparrow or tree sparrow) resembling the Old World sparrows

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Other Words from sparrow

sparrowlike \ ˈsper-​(ˌ)ō-​ˌlīk , -​ə-​ˌlīk ; ˈspa-​(ˌ)rō-​ˌlīk, -​rə-​ˌlīk \ adjective

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Also spotted on the island were six common loons, two American golden-plovers, two roseate terns, and a seaside sparrow. BostonGlobe.com, "bird sightings," 30 June 2018 As for its regular feathered inhabitants, the Coastside is blessed with migratory shorebirds, an abundance of gulls, breeding warblers, wintering sparrows, and a richness of raptors. Jill K. Robinson, SFChronicle.com, "5 places to spot birds in Half Moon Bay," 12 July 2018 Scientists have discovered evidence that the American swamp sparrow, Melospiza georgiana, has likely been singing the same songs for a millennium. Robert Lachlan, National Geographic, "This Bird Has Been Singing the Same Song for 1,000 Years," 20 June 2018 One issue to consider when using moss roses is that the foliage and blooms are sometimes eaten by sparrows and other birds. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "Container plants perfect for the San Antonio summer heat," 15 June 2018 This spring, baby birds (starting with starlings and sparrows and then songbirds such as robins, blue jays, cardinals and mockingbirds) will hatch. Kitson Jazynka, chicagotribune.com, "As spring arrives, what to do if you find a baby bird," 25 Apr. 2018 The Theatre Arlington cast — all 18 and younger — brings Janell Cannon's story about a young bat who is raised in a nest with three baby sparrows to life using music, comedy and puppets. Sandy Guerra-cline, star-telegram, "River rockers, kid actors and peaches make the top 10 list of things to do in DFW," 11 July 2018 Lancaster: At Bolton Flats Wildlife Management Area, there were three American bitterns, two least bitterns, one sora, two whip-poor-wills, and 26 swamp sparrows. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings," 23 June 2018 Some people can trace their traditions back decades; the swamp sparrow has passed its songs down for more than 1500 years. Victoria Davis, Science | AAAS, "This swamp sparrow’s song is more than 1500 years old," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of sparrow

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sparrow

Middle English sparow, from Old English spearwa; akin to Old High German sparo sparrow

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sparrow

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sparrow

: a common type of small bird that usually has brown or gray feathers

sparrow

noun
spar·​row | \ˈsper-ō \

Kids Definition of sparrow

: a small songbird that has usually brownish or grayish feathers

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