Definition of chipping sparrow in English:

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chipping sparrow

noun

A common American songbird related to the buntings, with a chestnut crown and a white stripe over the eye.
  • Spizella passerina, family Emberizidae (subfamily Emberizinae).
Example sentences
  • I can hear the songs of migrating birds: phoebes, white-throated sparrows, towhees, catbirds, chipping sparrows.
  • Remember, though, if you think you have 50 song birds daily or 20 chipping sparrows, you should polish your binoculars, review your field guide and take a second look!
  • Blue Jays and crows seem to have moved in of late, overpowering the persistent chirps of the chipping sparrows and resident cardinals.

Origin

Early 19th century: chipping from chip 'chirp', with reference to the bird's repetitive chirping song.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: chip·ping spar·row

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