Buy a Dictionary online
at Amazon
View definitions alphabetically
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Definition of buntings (Meaning of buntings)
1 Definition found
Rocket Languages ? Language Learning Software Review
Sparrow Spar"row, n. [OE. sparwe, AS. spearwa; akin to OHG.
	     sparo, G. sperling, Icel. sp["o]rr, Dan. spurv, spurre, Sw.
	     sparf, Goth. sparwa; -- originally, probably, the quiverer or
	     flutterer, and akin to E. spurn. See {Spurn}, and cf.
	     {Spavin}.]
	     1. (Zo["o]l.) One of many species of small singing birds of
	        the family {Fringillig[ae]}, having conical bills, and
	        feeding chiefly on seeds. Many sparrows are called also
	        {finches}, and {buntings}. The common sparrow, or house
	        sparrow, of Europe ({Passer domesticus}) is noted for its
	        familiarity, its voracity, its attachment to its young,
	        and its fecundity. See {House sparrow}, under {House}.
	        [1913 Webster]
	
	     Note: The following American species are well known; the
	           {chipping sparrow}, or {chippy}, the {sage sparrow},
	           the {savanna sparrow}, the {song sparrow}, the {tree
	           sparrow}, and the {white-throated sparrow} (see
	           {Peabody bird}). See these terms under {Sage},
	           {Savanna}, etc.
	           [1913 Webster]
	
	     2. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several small singing birds somewhat
	        resembling the true sparrows in form or habits, as the
	        European hedge sparrow. See under {Hedge}.
	        [1913 Webster]
	
	              He that doth the ravens feed,
	              Yea, providently caters for the sparrow,
	              Be comfort to my age!                 --Shak.
	        [1913 Webster]
	
	     {Field sparrow}, {Fox sparrow}, etc. See under {Field},
	        {Fox}, etc.
	
	     {Sparrow bill}, a small nail; a castiron shoe nail; a
	        sparable.
	
	     {Sparrow hawk}. (Zo["o]l.)
	        (a) A small European hawk ({Accipiter nisus}) or any of
	            the allied species.
	        (b) A small American falcon ({Falco sparverius}).
	        (c) The Australian collared sparrow hawk ({Accipiter
	            torquatus}).
	
	     Note: The name is applied to other small hawks, as the
	           European kestrel and the New Zealand quail hawk.
	
	     {Sparrow owl} (Zo["o]l.), a small owl ({Glaucidium
	        passerinum}) found both in the Old World and the New. The
	        name is also applied to other species of small owls.
	
	     {Sparrow spear} (Zo["o]l.), the female of the reed bunting.
	        [Prov. Eng.]
	        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
Rocket Languages ? Language Learning Software Review
The word buntings does not occur under any label/subject