Etymology
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snowbird (n.)

also snow-bird, from 1680s in reference to various types of birds associated with snow, from snow (n.) + bird (n.1). From 1923 in reference to northern U.S. workers who went to the South in the winter months to work; by 1979 in reference to tourists.

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Definitions of snowbird

snowbird (n.)
medium-sized Eurasian thrush seen chiefly in winter;
Synonyms: fieldfare / Turdus pilaris
snowbird (n.)
white Arctic bunting;
Synonyms: snow bunting / snowflake / Plectrophenax nivalis
snowbird (n.)
small North American finch seen chiefly in winter;
Synonyms: junco
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