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Meaning of SPARROW

Pronunciation:  'sparow

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  small brownish European songbird
  2. [n]  any of several small dull-colored singing birds feeding on seeds or insects

SPARROW is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: dunnock, hedge sparrow, Prunella modularis, true sparrow
 See Also: accentor, English sparrow, family Passeridae, house sparrow, Passer domesticus, Passer montanus, Passeridae, passeriform bird, passerine, tree sparrow



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Spar"row\, n. [OE. sparwe, AS. spearwa; akin to OHG.
sparo, G. sperling, Icel. sp["o]rr, Dan. spurv, spurre, Sw.
sparf, Goth. sparwa; -- originally, probably, the quiverer or
flutterer, and akin to E. spurn. See {Spurn}, and cf.
1. (Zo["o]l.) One of many species of small singing birds of
   the family {Fringillig[ae]}, 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. (Zo["o]l.) 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!

{Field sparrow}, {Fox sparrow}, etc. See under {Field},
   {Fox}, etc.

{Sparrow bill}, a small nail; a castiron shoe nail; a

{Sparrow hawk}. (Zo["o]l.)
   (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

Note: The name is applied to other small hawks, as the
      European kestrel and the New Zealand quail hawk.

{Sparrow owl} (Zo["o]l.), 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} (Zo["o]l.), the female of the reed bunting.
   [Prov. Eng.]

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a sparrow in your dream, represents inner dignity. Never underestimate the small or those that do not appear powerful.
Easton Bible Dictionary

Mentioned among the offerings made by the very poor. Two sparrows were sold for a farthing (Matt. 10:29), and five for two farthings (Luke 12:6). The Hebrew word thus rendered is _tsippor_, which properly denotes the whole family of small birds which feed on grain (Lev. 14:4; Ps. 84:3; 102:7). The Greek word of the New Testament is _strouthion_ (Matt. 10:29-31), which is thus correctly rendered.