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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A North American bird (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) that ranges from southern Canada to Mexico and has black, white, and rust-colored plumage in the male. Also called chewink, ground robin.
  • n. Any of several finches of the genera Pipilo or Chlorura, found in the western United States.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several species of birds of the genera Pipilo and Melozone.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The chewink.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of numerous long-tailed American finches

Etymologies

Imitative of the song of some of these birds.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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