towhee

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noun to·whee \ˈtō-ˌhē, ˈtō-(ˌ)ē, tō-ˈhē\

Definition of towhee

  1. 1 :  a long-tailed passerine bird (Pipilo erythrophthalmus of the family Emberizidae) of eastern North America with the male having reddish sides, white underparts, and black upperparts, head, and neck —called also chewink

  2. 2 :  any various similar related birds (genera (Pipilo and Melozone) found mainly in western North America Towhees live primarily on the ground, often in bushes and thickets, where they feed on insects and seeds.

Origin and Etymology of towhee

imitative


First Known Use: circa 1729


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