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sparrow  


      n  
1    any weaverbird of the genus Passer and related genera, esp. the house sparrow, having a brown or grey plumage and feeding on seeds or insects  
2      (U.S. and Canadian)   any of various North American finches, such as the chipping sparrow (Spizella passerina), that have a dullish streaked plumage,   (See also)        hedge sparrow       tree sparrow       song sparrow     (Related adj)        passerine  
     (Old English spearwa; related to Old Norse spörr, Old High German sparo)  
  sparrow-like      adj  


Cape sparrow  
      n   a sparrow, Passer melanurus, very common in southern Africa: family Ploceidae,   (Also called (esp. S. African))    mossie  
chipping sparrow  
      n   a common North American sparrow, Spizella passerina, having brown-and-grey plumage and a white eye stripe  
hedge sparrow  
      n   a small brownish European songbird, Prunella modularis: family Prunellidae (accentors),   (Also called)    dunnock  
house sparrow  
      n   a small Eurasian weaverbird, Passer domesticus, now established in North America and Australia. It has a brown streaked plumage with grey underparts,   (Also called (U.S.))    English sparrow  
Java sparrow  
      n   a small grey-and-pink finchlike Indonesian weaverbird, Padda oryzivora: a popular cage bird  
song sparrow  
      n   a common North American finch, Melospiza melodia, having brown-and-white plumage and a melodious song  
sparrow hawk  
      n   a very small North American falcon, Falco sparverius, that is closely related to the kestrels  
tree sparrow  
      n  
1    a small European weaverbird, Passer montanus, similar to the house sparrow but having a brown head  
2    a small North American finch, Spizella arborea, having a reddish-brown head, grey underparts, and brown striped back and wings  
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