white-throated sparrow

noun

white-throat·​ed sparrow ˈ(h)wīt-ˌthrō-təd- How to pronounce white-throated sparrow (audio)
: a common brown sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) chiefly of eastern North America with a black-and-white striped crown and a white patch on the throat

Examples of white-throated sparrow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then a white-throated sparrow falls to the ground in front of him. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 31 Oct. 2020 The researchers tracked the song’s spread over 20 years with the help of citizen scientists who submitted more than 1,700 recordings of white-throated sparrow songs. Theresa MacHemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 July 2020 Quad goals Perhaps one of the most unusual reproductive systems, however, is that of the white-throated sparrow. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, 28 June 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1760, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of white-throated sparrow was in 1760

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white-throated sparrow

noun
white-throat·​ed sparrow
ˌhwīt-ˌthrōt-əd-,
ˌwīt-
: a common brown sparrow of eastern North America with black and white stripes on the top of its head and with a white patch on its throat
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