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1a small finchlike Old World bird related to the weaverbirds, typically with brown and gray plumage.
- Family Passeridae (or Ploceidae): four genera, in particular Passer, and many species, e.g., the cosmopolitan house sparrow (P. domesticus)
2any of a number of birds that resemble true sparrows in size or color.
- an American bunting (many genera in the subfamily Emberizinae, family Emberizidae). a waxbill, in particular the Java sparrow.