Definition of towhee in English:

towhee

Line breaks: tow¦hee
Pronunciation: /ˈtəʊ(h)iː
 
, ˈtaʊ-/

noun

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
More 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.

Origin

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

Definition of towhee in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day antebellum
Pronunciation: ˌantēˈbeləm
adjective
occurring or existing before a particular war…