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.
Origin and Etymology of towhee
First Known Use: circa 1729
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up towhee? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).