from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The American golden plover.


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  • Doves, a multitude of which had their nests about villas and in small towns of the Campania, and also every kind of field-bird from near the sea and the surrounding mountains, mistaking evidently the gleam of the conflagration for sunlight, were flying, whole flocks of them, blindly into the fire.

    Quo Vadis: a narrative of the time of Nero Henryk Sienkiewicz 1881

  • It has the same habit of skulking in the stubble or the grass as you approach; it is exclusively a field-bird, and certain of its notes might have been copied from the lark's song.

    The Writings of John Burroughs — Volume 05: Pepacton John Burroughs 1879

  • He is the only black and white field-bird we have east of the Mississippi, and, what is still more odd, he is black beneath and white above, -- the reverse of the fact in all other cases.

    Birds and Poets : with Other Papers John Burroughs 1879

  • English bunting is a field-bird like the lark, and much resembles the latter in form and color, but is far inferior as a songster.

    The Writings of John Burroughs — Volume 05: Pepacton John Burroughs 1879

  • "It is Polly's birthday," she added in a simpering tone, "and the little field-bird has come to offer his congratulations."

    Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen 1840

  • The clerk, or as the lady called him the field-bird, was placed in

    Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen 1840

  • "To-day is Polly's birthday," said she with stupid simplicity: "and the little brown field-bird must wish him joy."

    Andersen's Fairy Tales 1840

  • A stout stately dame received them with a smile; but she expressed much dissatisfaction that a common field-bird, as she called the lark, should appear in such high society.

    Andersen's Fairy Tales 1840

  • The boys carried him into a very elegant room, where a stout, pleasant-looking lady received them, but she was not at all gratified to find that they had brought a lark -- a common field-bird as she called it.

    Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen 1840

  • The copying-clerk, or, as the lady said, the brown field-bird, was put into a small cage, close to the Canary, and not far from "my good

    Andersen's Fairy Tales 1840


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