Definition of towhee in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtəʊ(h)iː/
Pronunciation: /ˈtaʊ(h)iː/


A North American songbird of the bunting family, typically with brownish plumage but sometimes black and rufous.
  • Genus Pipilo (and Chlorurus), family Emberizidae (subfamily Emberizinae): several species.
Example sentences
  • I can hear the songs of migrating birds: phoebes, white-throated sparrows, towhees, catbirds, chipping sparrows.
  • Not only is the Cape flush with cardinals, towhees, mockingbirds, catbirds, goldfinches and woodpeckers, its birds of the shore entice many a visitor here.
  • Many birds feed comfortably on a platform, especially the sparrows, juncos, towhees and doves that are referred to as ground feeders.


Mid 18th century: imitative of the call of Pipilo erythrophthalmus.

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