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1. A songbird (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) of eastern North America having black, white, and rust-colored plumage in the male. Also called chewink.
2. Any of several similar birds of the genera Pipilo and Melozone, found in western North America.
[Imitative of the song of some of these birds.]
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(Animals) any of various North American brownish-coloured sparrows of the genera Pipilo and Chlorura
[C18: imitative of its note]
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tow•hee(ˈtaʊ hi, ˈtoʊ hi, ˈtoʊ i)
any of several long-tailed North American finches of the genera Pipilo and Chlorura with a black back, rust-colored sides, and a white breast.
[1720–30, Amer.; imitative]
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|Noun||1.||towhee - any of numerous long-tailed American finches|
finch - any of numerous small songbirds with short stout bills adapted for crushing seeds
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