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Definition of "junco" []

  • Any of various small North American birds of the genus Junco, having predominantly gray plumage, a gray or black head, and white outer tail feathers. (noun)
  • Any North American bunting of the genus Junco, having a greyish plumage with white outer tail feathers (noun)

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Use "junco" in a sentence
  • "We have called the junco a snowbird, but this name should really be confined to a black and white bunting which comes south only with a mid-winter's rush of snowflakes."
  • "Afterwards I learned that it was the gray-headed junco, which is distinctly a western species, breeding among the mountains of Colorado."
  • "My junco was a little nervous at first and showed her white quills, but she soon grew used to my presence, and would alight upon the chair which I kept for callers, and upon my hammock-ropes."