Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A ground-sparrow.
  • n. 2. In Blyth's edition of Cuvier (1849), a general name for any columbine, gallinaceous, grallatorial, or struthious bird.

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Examples

  • Next year you will find the grass growing tall and green where the stone lay; the ground-bird builds her nest where the beetle had his hole; the dandelion and the buttercup are growing there, and the broad fans of insect-angels open and shut over their golden disks, as the rhythmic waves of blissful consciousness pulsate through their glorified being.

    Higher Lessons in English A work on english grammar and composition

  • _Next year_ you will find the grass growing tall and green where the stone lay; the ground-bird builds her nest where the beetle had his hole; the dandelion and the buttercup are growing there, and the broad fans of insect-angels open and shut over their golden disks, as the rhythmic waves of blissful consciousness pulsate through their glorified being.

    Choice Specimens of American Literature, and Literary Reader Being Selections from the Chief American Writers

  • His mystery of the black ground-bird with a brown mate was resolved into the Common Towhee.

    Two Little Savages Being the adventures of two boys who lived as Indians and what they learned

  • Next year you will find the grass growing fresh and green where the stone lay -- the ground-bird builds her nest where the beetle had his hole -- the dandelion and the buttercup are growing there, and the broad fans of insect-angels open and shut over their golden disks as the rhythmic waves of blissful consciousness pulsate through their glorified being.

    The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07

  • This bird is not properly a lark, but a starling, say the ornithologists, though it is lark-like in its habits, being a walker and entirely a ground-bird.

    Birds and Poets : with Other Papers

  • He is the only ground-bird known to me of marked and conspicuous plumage.

    Birds and Poets : with Other Papers

  • In the flower-border near, Amy would hear such a vigorous scratching among the leaves that she might well believe that a motherly hen was at work, but presently one of these little sober-coated creatures that Thoreau well calls a "ground-bird" would fly to the top of a plum-tree and trill out a song as sweet as the perfume that came from the blossoming willows not far away.

    Nature's Serial Story

  • NEXT YEAR you will find the grass growing tall and green where the stone lay; the ground-bird builds her nest where the beetle had his hole; the dandelion and the buttercup are growing there, and the broad fans of insect-angels open and shut over their golden disks, as the rhythmic waves of blissful consciousness pulsate through their glorified being.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Works

  • As they were gazing wistfully through the window, they saw their playful little kitten, Fanny, dart like lightning from her hiding-place in the garden, where she had long lain in ambush, and fasten her sharp claws in the back of a poor little ground-bird, which had been hopping from twig to twig, chirping and twittering very cheerfully.

    Small Means and Great Ends

  • Park officials said the removal has helped the ground-bird population return, as well as discouraging the spreading of feline diseases.

    Local News

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