from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Afringilline bird of North America, belonging to the genus Passerella: so called from the rusty-reddish or foxy color of the common species.
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Some of these songsters, like the fox-sparrow, sojourned a few weeks, favoring all listeners with their sweet and simple melodies; but the chief musician of the American forests, the hermit thrush, passed silently, and would not deign to utter a note of his unrivalled minstrelsy until he had reached his remote haunts at the North.
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