ground-sparrow love


from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A ground-bird; one of several small grayish and spotted or streaked sparrows which nest on and usually keep near the ground, as the savanna-sparrow and the grass-finch, bay-winged bunting, or vesper-bird.


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  • It was as if a ground-sparrow had changed her gray feathers for the burning plumage of some tropical wanderer; and it was natural enough that Cyprian Eveleth should have called her the fire-hang-bird, and her little chamber the fire-hang-bird's nest, -- using the country boy's synonyme for the Baltimore oriole.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Works

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