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sparrow (n.)

small brownish-gray bird (Passer domesticus), Old English spearwa, from Proto-Germanic *sparwan (source also of Old Norse spörr, Old High German sparo, German Sperling, Gothic sparwa), from PIE *spor-wo-, from root *sper- (3), forming names of small birds (source also of Cornish frau "crow;" Old Prussian spurglis "sparrow;" Greek spergoulos "small field bird," psar "starling"). In use, with qualifying words, of many small, sparrow-like birds. Sparrowfarts (1886) was Cheshire slang for "very early morning."

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Definitions of sparrow

sparrow (n.)
any of several small dull-colored singing birds feeding on seeds or insects;
Synonyms: true sparrow
sparrow (n.)
small brownish European songbird;
Synonyms: hedge sparrow / dunnock / Prunella modularis
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