Java sparrow

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Java sparrow small finch-like Indonesian weaverbird that frequents rice fields
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Java sparrow (Zoöl) a species of finch (Padda oryzivora), native of Java, but very commonly kept as a cage bird; -- called also ricebird, and paddy bird. In the male the upper parts are glaucous gray, the head and tail black, the under parts delicate rose, and the cheeks white. The bill is large and red. A white variety is also kept as a cage bird.
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Usage

In literature:

Agathe had bestowed upon herself two large birdcages; one filled with canaries, the other with Java sparrows.
"The Two Brothers" by Honore de Balzac
THE JAVA SPARROW, OR RICE BIRD.
"The Natural History of Cage Birds" by J. M. Bechstein
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