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 for Fox sparrow
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fox \Fox\ (f[o^]ks), n.; pl. Foxes. [AS. fox; akin to D. vos,
     G. fuchs, OHG. fuhs, foha, Goth. fa['u]h[=o], Icel. f[=o]a
     fox, fox fraud; of unknown origin, cf. Skr. puccha tail. Cf.
     1. (Zool.) A carnivorous animal of the genus Vulpes, family
        Canid[ae], of many species. The European fox ({V.
        vulgaris or V. vulpes), the American red fox ({V.
        fulvus), the American gray fox ({V. Virginianus}), and
        the arctic, white, or blue, fox ({V. lagopus) are
        well-known species.
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     Note: The black or silver-gray fox is a variety of the
           American red fox, producing a fur of great value; the
           cross-gray and woods-gray foxes are other varieties of
           the same species, of less value. The common foxes of
           Europe and America are very similar; both are
           celebrated for their craftiness. They feed on wild
           birds, poultry, and various small animals.
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                 Subtle as the fox for prey.        --Shak.
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     2. (Zool.) The European dragonet.
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     3. (Zool.) The fox shark or thrasher shark; -- called also
        sea fox. See Thrasher shark, under Shark.
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     4. A sly, cunning fellow. [Colloq.]
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              We call a crafty and cruel man a fox. --Beattie.
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     5. (Naut.) Rope yarn twisted together, and rubbed with tar;
        -- used for seizings or mats.
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     6. A sword; -- so called from the stamp of a fox on the
        blade, or perhaps of a wolf taken for a fox. [Obs.]
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              Thou diest on point of fox.           --Shak.
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     7. pl. (Ethnol.) A tribe of Indians which, with the Sacs,
        formerly occupied the region about Green Bay, Wisconsin;
        -- called also Outagamies.
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     Fox and geese.
        (a) A boy's game, in which one boy tries to catch others
            as they run one goal to another.
        (b) A game with sixteen checkers, or some substitute for
            them, one of which is called the fox, and the rest the
            geese; the fox, whose first position is in the middle
            of the board, endeavors to break through the line of
            the geese, and the geese to pen up the fox.
     Fox bat (Zool.), a large fruit bat of the genus Pteropus,
        of many species, inhabiting Asia, Africa, and the East
        Indies, esp. P. medius of India. Some of the species are
        more than four feet across the outspread wings. See Fruit
     Fox bolt, a bolt having a split end to receive a fox wedge.
     Fox brush (Zool.), the tail of a fox.
     Fox evil, a disease in which the hair falls off; alopecy.
     Fox grape (Bot.), the name of two species of American
        grapes. The northern fox grape ({Vitis Labrusca) is the
        origin of the varieties called Isabella, Concord,
        Hartford, etc., and the southern fox grape ({Vitis
        vulpina) has produced the Scuppernong, and probably the
     Fox hunter.
        (a) One who pursues foxes with hounds.
        (b) A horse ridden in a fox chase.
     Fox shark (Zool.), the thrasher shark. See Thrasher
        shark, under Thrasher.
     Fox sleep, pretended sleep.
     Fox sparrow (Zool.), a large American sparrow ({Passerella
        iliaca); -- so called on account of its reddish color.
     Fox squirrel (Zool.), a large North American squirrel
        ({Sciurus niger, or S. cinereus). In the Southern
        States the black variety prevails; farther north the
        fulvous and gray variety, called the cat squirrel, is
        more common.
     Fox terrier (Zool.), one of a peculiar breed of terriers,
        used in hunting to drive foxes from their holes, and for
        other purposes. There are rough- and smooth-haired
     Fox trot, a pace like that which is adopted for a few
        steps, by a horse, when passing from a walk into a trot,
        or a trot into a walk.
     Fox wedge (Mach. & Carpentry), a wedge for expanding the
        split end of a bolt, cotter, dowel, tenon, or other piece,
        to fasten the end in a hole or mortise and prevent
        withdrawal. The wedge abuts on the bottom of the hole and
        the piece is driven down upon it. Fastening by fox wedges
        is called foxtail wedging.
     Fox wolf (Zool.), one of several South American wild dogs,
        belonging to the genus Canis. They have long, bushy
        tails like a fox.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sparrow \Spar"row\, n. [OE. sparwe, AS. spearwa; akin to OHG.
     sparo, G. sperling, Icel. sp["o]rr, Dan. spurv, spurre, Sw.
     sparf, Goth. sparwa; -- originally, probably, the quiverer or
     flutterer, and akin to E. spurn. See Spurn, and cf.
     1. (Zool.) One of many species of small singing birds of the
        family Fringilligae, having conical bills, and feeding
        chiefly on seeds. Many sparrows are called also finches,
        and buntings. The common sparrow, or house sparrow, of
        Europe ({Passer domesticus) is noted for its familiarity,
        its voracity, its attachment to its young, and its
        fecundity. See House sparrow, under House.
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     Note: The following American species are well known; the
           chipping sparrow, or chippy, the sage sparrow,
           the savanna sparrow, the song sparrow, the tree
           sparrow, and the white-throated sparrow (see
           Peabody bird). See these terms under Sage,
           Savanna, etc.
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     2. (Zool.) Any one of several small singing birds somewhat
        resembling the true sparrows in form or habits, as the
        European hedge sparrow. See under Hedge.
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              He that doth the ravens feed,
              Yea, providently caters for the sparrow,
              Be comfort to my age!                 --Shak.
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     Field sparrow, Fox sparrow, etc. See under Field,
        Fox, etc.
     Sparrow bill, a small nail; a castiron shoe nail; a
     Sparrow hawk. (Zool.)
        (a) A small European hawk ({Accipiter nisus) or any of
            the allied species.
        (b) A small American falcon ({Falco sparverius).
        (c) The Australian collared sparrow hawk ({Accipiter
     Note: The name is applied to other small hawks, as the
           European kestrel and the New Zealand quail hawk.
     Sparrow+owl+(Zool.),+a+small+owl+({Glaucidium+passerinum">Sparrow owl (Zool.), a small owl ({Glaucidium passerinum)
        found both in the Old World and the New. The name is also
        applied to other species of small owls.
     Sparrow spear (Zool.), the female of the reed bunting.
        [Prov. Eng.]
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