Definition of towhee
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 : 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.
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And finally, long after my wife believed he was lost forever, appeared the towhee, and his little mate.
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Origin and Etymology of towhee
First Known Use: circa 1729See Words from the same year
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