from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A common North American sparrow (Melospiza melodia) having streaked brownish plumage and noted for its melodious song.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a very common North American sparrow (Melospiza fasciata, or Melospiza melodia) noted for the sweetness of its song in early spring. Its breast is covered with dusky brown streaks which form a blotch in the center.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The hedge-sparrow, Accentor modularis. See cut under Accentor.
  • n. A small fringilline bird of North America, of the genus Melospiza, a sweet songster, with a streaked brown, gray, and white plumage without any yellow.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small songbird common in North America


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