• WordNet 3.6
    • n towhee any of numerous long-tailed American finches
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Towhee (Zoöl) The chewink.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n towhee The chewink, ground-robin, or marsh-robin of the United States, Pipilo erythrophthalmus, or any other species of the genus Pipilo: more fully called towhee bunting Some of the western pipilos to which the name extends have, however, a cry more like the mewing of the catbird. See cut under Pipilo, and compare tuwhit and tuwhoo.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Towhee tow′hē the chewink, ground-robin, or marsh-robin of the United States.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

It was Chewink the Towhee, sometimes called Ground Robin.
"The Burgess Bird Book for Children" by Thornton W. Burgess
Chewink, or towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus).
"Wake-Robin" by John Burroughs
His mystery of the black ground-bird with a brown mate was resolved into the Common Towhee.
"Two Little Savages" by Ernest Thompson Seton
There was Mrs. Crested Flycatcher, and Mrs. Phoebe Bird, and little Towhee the Chewink.
"Bumper, The White Rabbit" by George Ethelbert Walsh
One of the first birds met with on these unpromising acclivities was the spurred towhee of the Rockies.
"Birds of the Rockies" by Leander Sylvester Keyser
The Green-tailed Towhee is a common migrant and winter visitant in Coahuila; the species has been found at several localities.
"Birds from Coahuila, Mexico" by Emil K. Urban
A favorite roosting place for the sparrows, towhees, juncos, and even the robins, was in some thickets by the roadside.
"Our Bird Comrades" by Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
His habit is continued in the spring by the towhee, or chewink, who uses the same methods, throwing both feet backward simultaneously.
"The Log of the Sun" by William Beebe
There was a flutter of wings, there were cries, and on the tree, in plain sight, the towhee bunting and his brown-clad spouse.
"Little Brothers of the Air" by Olive Thorne Miller
Still another musician who delights to take liberties with his score is the towhee bunting, or chewink.
"Birds in the Bush" by Bradford Torrey

In news:

Pull off Highway 101 west of Santa Barbara to watch Black-chinned Hummingbird, Virginia Rail, bitterns, sapsuckers, and breeding Western Kingbird, Black Phoebe, Spotted Towhee, and White-tailed Kite.
Spotted towhees, hooded warbler among yard visitors.
Last weekend Ron and I were on the front porch late in the afternoon when we heard an unfamiliar bird call: not the towhee, not the wren, not a lesser goldfinch.
The Indianapolis Fire Department says the explosion happened on the 8400 block of Field Fair Way and Towhees Drive.