from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of small American finches, of the family Fringillid√¶; the grasshopper-sparrows, of which there are several species, as the yellow-winged (C. passerinus), Henslow's (C. henslowi), and Le Conte's (C. lecontii), of diminutive size, with turgid bills, short wings, acute tail-feathers, and a general appearance suggestive of miniature quails, whence the generic name.


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