Towhee meaning

tōhē, tō-hē
A songbird (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) of eastern North America having black, white, and rust-colored plumage in the male.
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Any of several similar birds of the genera Pipilo and Melozone, found in western North America.
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Any of several large, ground-feeding, North American sparrows (family Emberizidae); esp., the rufous-sided towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus), with a chestnut patch on each flank and, usually, red irises.
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Any of several species of birds of the genera Pipilo and Melozone.
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Origin of towhee

  • Imitative of the song of some of these birds

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition