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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 song sparrow

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Spar·row n.
 1. Zool. One of many species of small singing birds of the family Fringilligae, having conical bills, and feeding chiefly on seeds. Many sparrows are called also finches, and buntings. The common sparrow, or house sparrow, of Europe (Passer domesticus) is noted for its familiarity, its voracity, its attachment to its young, and its fecundity. See House sparrow, under House.
 Note:The following American species are well known; the chipping sparrow, or chippy, the sage sparrow, the savanna sparrow, the song sparrow, the tree sparrow, and the white-throated sparrow (see Peabody bird). See these terms under Sage, Savanna, etc.
 2. Zool. Any one of several small singing birds somewhat resembling the true sparrows in form or habits, as the European hedge sparrow. See under Hedge.
 He that doth the ravens feed,
 Yea, providently caters for the sparrow,
 Be comfort to my age!   --Shak.
 Field sparrow, Fox sparrow, etc. See under Field, Fox, etc.
 Sparrow bill, a small nail; a castiron shoe nail; a sparable.
 Sparrow hawk. Zool. (a) A small European hawk (Accipiter nisus) or any of the allied species. (b) A small American falcon (Falco sparverius). (c) The Australian collared sparrow hawk (Accipiter torquatus).
 Note: The name is applied to other small hawks, as the European kestrel and the New Zealand quail hawk.
 Sparrow owl Zool., a small owl (Glaucidium passerinum) found both in the Old World and the New. The name is also applied to other species of small owls.
 Sparrow spear Zool., the female of the reed bunting. [Prov. Eng.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Song n.
 1. That which is sung or uttered with musical modulations of the voice, whether of a human being or of a bird, insect, etc. “That most ethereal of all sounds, the song of crickets.”
 2. A lyrical poem adapted to vocal music; a ballad.
 3. More generally, any poetical strain; a poem.
 The bard that first adorned our native tongue
 Tuned to his British lyre this ancient song.   --Dryden.
 4. Poetical composition; poetry; verse.
    This subject for heroic song.   --Milton.
 5. An object of derision; a laughingstock.
    And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword.   --Job xxx. 9.
 6. A trifle; an insignificant sum of money; as, he bought it for a song. “The soldier's pay is a song.”
 Old song, a trifle; nothing of value.  “I do not intend to be thus put off with an old song.” --Dr. H. More.
 Song bird Zool., any singing bird; one of the Oscines.
 Song sparrow Zool., a very common North American sparrow (Melospiza fasciata, or Melospiza melodia) noted for the sweetness of its song in early spring. Its breast is covered with dusky brown streaks which form a blotch in the center.
 Song thrush Zool., a common European thrush (Turdus musicus), noted for its melodius song; -- called also mavis, throstle, and thrasher.
 Syn: -- Sonnet; ballad; canticle; carol; canzonet; ditty; hymn; descant; lay; strain; poesy; verse.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 song sparrow
      n : small songbird common in North America [syn: Melospiza