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n. pl. jun·cos or jun·coes
Any of various sparrows of the genus Junco of North and Central America, having predominantly gray plumage, a gray or black head, and white outer tail feathers.
[Ultimately (either via Early Modern English junco, the reed bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus, which inhabits marshes and reedbeds), or obsolete Spanish junco ave, a bird of the West Indies with a very long and narrow tail) from Spanish junco, rush (plant of the genus Juncus), from Old Spanish, from Latin iuncus; see jonquil.]
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n, pl -cos or -coes
(Animals) any North American bunting of the genus Junco, having a greyish plumage with white outer tail feathers
[C18: from Spanish: a rush, a marsh bird, from Latin juncus rush]
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n., pl. -cos.
any of several small, gray or gray and brown North American finches of the genus Junco, esp. J. hyemalis, a common winter resident of the U.S. Also called snowbird.
[1700–10; < Sp: rush, bird found in rush beds < Latin juncus rush]
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|Noun||1.||junco - small North American finch seen chiefly in winter|
finch - any of numerous small songbirds with short stout bills adapted for crushing seeds
genus Junco - American finches
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