from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as chip-bird.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) The chipping sparrow.

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  • noun A bird, Spizella passerina, the chipping sparrow.


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hair +‎ bird


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  • Obsolete name for the Chipping Sparrow, so-called for its habit of lining its nest with hair. It once used readily available horsehair, but with the advent of automobiles, the bird adapted to using any hair available. Chipping sparrows have been seen plucking strands from the coats of sleeping dogs.

    December 7, 2007