English sparrow
noun Date: 1876 house sparrow

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • English sparrow — ☆ English sparrow n. the common, small Old World sparrow (Passer domesticus) with brownish gray feathers, now found extensively in North America; house sparrow * * * …   Universalium

  • English sparrow — ☆ English sparrow n. the common, small Old World sparrow (Passer domesticus) with brownish gray feathers, now found extensively in North America; house sparrow …   English World dictionary

  • English sparrow — noun small hardy brown and grey bird native to Europe • Syn: ↑house sparrow, ↑Passer domesticus • Hypernyms: ↑sparrow, ↑true sparrow • Member Holonyms: ↑Passer, ↑genus Passer …   Useful english dictionary

  • English sparrow. — See house sparrow. [1875 80, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • English sparrow — Eng′lish spar′row n. orn house sparrow • Etymology: 1875–80, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • English sparrow. — See house sparrow. [1875 80, Amer.] …   Useful english dictionary

  • sparrow — [spar′ō] n. [ME sparwe < OE spearwa, akin to MHG sparwe < IE base * sper , bird name, esp. for sparrow > Gr sporgilos, sparrow, psar, starling] 1. any of a family (Passeridae) of Old World passerine birds, including the English sparrow 2 …   English World dictionary

  • sparrow — sparrowless, adj. sparrowlike, adj. /spar oh/, n. 1. any of numerous American finches of the family Emberizinae. Cf. chipping sparrow, song sparrow. 2. any member of the Old World genus Passer, formerly thought to be closely related to the… …   Universalium

  • English — Englishness, n. /ing glish/ or, often, / lish/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of England or its inhabitants, institutions, etc. 2. belonging or pertaining to, or spoken or written in, the English language. n. 3. the people of… …   Universalium

  • sparrow — ► NOUN ▪ a small bird with brown and grey plumage. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

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