American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A North American bird (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) that ranges from southern Canada to Mexico and has black, white, and rust-colored plumage in the male. Also called chewink, ground robin.
- n. Any of several finches of the genera Pipilo or Chlorura, found in the western United States.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The chewink, ground-robin, or marsh-robin of the United States, Pipilo erythrophthalmus, or any other species of the genus Pipilo: more fully called towhee bunting Some of the western pipilos to which the name extends have, however, a cry more like the mewing of the catbird. See cut under
Pipilo, and compare tuwhitand tuwhoo.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) The chewink.
- n. any of numerous long-tailed American finches
- Imitative of the song of some of these birds. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“So let us call the towhee a finch, and say no more about it.”
“Mystery bird: California towhee, Melozone crissalis”
“Flocks of phoebe and towhee and dove pushing the cold ahead of them.”
“The most common birds seen in the dry summer season are wrentit, common bushtit, and rufous-sided towhee.”
“Of the 20-odd bird species present in mature forest, the most common are the pine warbler, cardinal, summer tanager, Carolina wren, ruby-throated hummingbird, blue jay, hooded warbler, eastern towhee, and tufted titmouse.”
“I wish I had seen an eastern towhee or a cedar waxwing.”
“The juvenile rufous sided towhee and song,strike that, white throated, thanks Lisa, sparrow pick up the crumbs.”
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“The trees were alive with birdsong, and a towhee hopped and scratched in a patch of sun, oblivious of the passing men and horses.”
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