• WordNet 3.6
    • n Zonotrichia large New World sparrows
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n zonotrichia A genus of large and handsome American finches, of the family Fringillidæ; the crown-sparrows. The white-crowned is Z. leucophrys, abundant in many parts of North America. More numerous and familiar is the white-throated, or peabody-bird, Z. albicollis, whose white throat is sharply contrasted with the dark ash of the breast. In the adult the head is striped with black and white, there is a distinct yellow spot before each eye, and the edge of the wing is yellow. The length is 6¾ inches, the extent 9½. This sparrow abounds in shrubbery of the eastern half of North America, and has a limpid pleasing song, some notes of which are rendered in the word peabody. Z. querula is Harris's finch, of the Missouri and Mississippi region; the male when adult has nearly the whole head hooded with jet-black. Z. coronata, of the Pacific slope, is the golden-crowned.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Zonotrichia zō-nō-trik′i-a a genus of American finches, the crown-sparrows.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. zōnē, a girdle, thrix, trichos, hair.


In news:

She was hiking in Ferguson Forest when she heard the bird (Zonotrichia albicollis) scurrying through the underbrush.