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A sparrowlike migratory bird (Spiza americana) that breeds in central North America, the male of which has a yellow breast with a black patch on the throat.
[Imitative of its song.]
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(Animals) a small North American bird (Spiza americana), the male of which has a yellow breast, a black patch on its throat, and a mainly grey head
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a bunting, Spiza americana, of the E and central U.S., having a brownish back streaked with black.
[1885–90; said to be imitative of its call]
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