white-throated sparrow
Sparrow Spar"row, n. [OE. sparwe, AS. spearwa; akin to OHG. sparo, G. sperling, Icel. sp["o]rr, Dan. spurv, spurre, Sw. sparf, Goth. sparwa; -- originally, probably, the quiverer or flutterer, and akin to E. spurn. See {Spurn}, and cf. {Spavin}.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) One of many species of small singing birds of the family {Fringillig[ae]}, having conical bills, and feeding chiefly on seeds. Many sparrows are called also {finches}, and {buntings}. The common sparrow, or house sparrow, of Europe ({Passer domesticus}) is noted for its familiarity, its voracity, its attachment to its young, and its fecundity. See {House sparrow}, under {House}. [1913 Webster]

Note: The following American species are well known; the {chipping sparrow}, or {chippy}, the {sage sparrow}, the {savanna sparrow}, the {song sparrow}, the {tree sparrow}, and the {white-throated sparrow} (see {Peabody bird}). See these terms under {Sage}, {Savanna}, etc. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several small singing birds somewhat resembling the true sparrows in form or habits, as the European hedge sparrow. See under {Hedge}. [1913 Webster]

He that doth the ravens feed, Yea, providently caters for the sparrow, Be comfort to my age! --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Field sparrow}, {Fox sparrow}, etc. See under {Field}, {Fox}, etc.

{Sparrow bill}, a small nail; a castiron shoe nail; a sparable.

{Sparrow hawk}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A small European hawk ({Accipiter nisus}) or any of the allied species. (b) A small American falcon ({Falco sparverius}). (c) The Australian collared sparrow hawk ({Accipiter torquatus}).

Note: The name is applied to other small hawks, as the European kestrel and the New Zealand quail hawk.

{Sparrow owl} (Zo["o]l.), a small owl ({Glaucidium passerinum}) found both in the Old World and the New. The name is also applied to other species of small owls.

{Sparrow spear} (Zo["o]l.), the female of the reed bunting. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • white-throated sparrow — ☆ white throated sparrow [hwīt′thrōt′id, wīt′thrōt′id ] n. a common North American sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) having a square white patch on the throat and black and white stripes on the head …   English World dictionary

  • White-throated Sparrow — Taxobox name = White throated Sparrow image width = 240px image caption = Tan striped form status = LC status system = iucn3.1 status ref = IUCN2007|assessors=aut|BirdLife International|year=2004|id=53551|title=Zonotrichia… …   Wikipedia

  • White-throated sparrow — Peabody bird Pea bod*y bird (Zo[ o]l.) An American sparrow ({Zonotrichia albicollis}) having a conspicuous white throat. The name is imitative of its note. Called also {White throated sparrow}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • white-throated sparrow — baltagurklė zonotrichija statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Zonotrichia albicollis angl. white throated sparrow vok. Weißkehlammer, f; Weißkehl Ammerfink, m rus. белошейная воробьиная овсянка, f; белошейная зонотрихия, f… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • white-throated sparrow — white′ throat ed spar′row n. orn a common North American sparrow, Zonotrichia albicollis, having a white patch on the throat and a striped crown Also called whitethroat 2) • Etymology: 1805–15, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • white-throated sparrow — noun Date: 1811 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 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • white-throated sparrow — noun common North American finch with a white patch on the throat and black and white striped crown • Syn: ↑whitethroat, ↑Zonotrichia albicollis • Hypernyms: ↑New World sparrow • Member Holonyms: ↑Zonotrichia, ↑genus Zonotrichia …   Useful english dictionary

  • white-throated sparrow — /hwuyt throh tid, wuyt / a common North American finch, Zonotrichia albicollis, having a white patch on the throat and a black and white striped crown. Also called whitethroat. [1805 15, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • White-crowned Sparrow — Taxobox name = White crowned Sparrow status = LC | status system = IUCN3.1 status ref = [IUCN2006|assessors=BirdLife International|year=2004|id=53552|title=Zonotrichia leucophrys|downloaded=12 May 2006 Database entry includes justification for… …   Wikipedia

  • white-crowned sparrow — noun finch with black and white striped crown • Syn: ↑Zonotrichia leucophrys • Hypernyms: ↑New World sparrow • Member Holonyms: ↑Zonotrichia, ↑genus Zonotrichia * * * noun …   Useful english dictionary

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