Definition of junco in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈdʒʌŋkəʊ

noun (plural juncos or juncoes)

  • A North American songbird related to the buntings, with mainly grey and brown plumage.
    • Genus Junco, family Emberizidae (subfamily Emberizinae): three or four species
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    • On the lake itself, we mainly saw the same woodpeckers, gulls, goldfinch, robins, waxwings, juncos, and other common birds spotted last year.
    • The seeds of this columbine are sought after by small birds, such as song sparrows, juncos, and many others.
    • ‘We're already seeing robins, goldfinches, juncos and pine siskens,’ she said, and staffers have heard a few bluebirds lately.


early 18th century (originally 'reed bunting'): from Spanish, from Latin juncus 'rush, reed'.

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