Definition of Longspur

1. n. Any one of several species of fringilline birds of the genus Calcarius (or Plectrophanes), and allied genera. The Lapland longspur (C. Lapponicus), the chestnut-colored longspur (C. ornatus), and other species, inhabit the United States.



Definition of Longspur

1. Noun. A specific type of bird, of the genus ''Calcarius''; it has a long claw on the hind toe of each foot. ¹

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Definition of Longspur

1. a long-clawed finch [n -S]

Medical Definition of Longspur

1. Any one of several species of fringilline birds of the genus Calcarius (or Plectrophanes), and allied genera. The Lapland longspur (C. Lapponicus), the chestnut-coloured longspur (C. Ornatus), and other species, inhabit the United States. Origin: So called from the length of the hind claw. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Longspur

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1. The Birds of Manitoba by Ernest Thompson Seton (1891)
"Black-breasted longspur. Common summer resident] local in distribution, many pairs sometimes aS'ecting a limited area of dry prairie, while again for miles ..."

2. The Auk: Quarterly Journal of Ornithology by American Ornithologists' Union, Nuttall Ornithological Club (1907)
"Autumn Records of Golden Plover and Lapland longspur in Wayne Co., Michigan.— In the summer of 1906 I was engaged to engineer the laying out of a cemetery ..."

3. British Song Birds: Being Popular Descriptions and Anecdotes of the by Neville Wood (1836)
"Lapland longspur, BONAP. Orn.—Rusty longspur, Analyst, No. 14. THE Rusty longspur is only known in Britain as a rare occasional visitant. ..."

4. A Popular Handbook of the Ornithology of Eastern North America by Thomas Nuttall (1896)
".1 LAPLAND longspur. CALCARIUS LAPPONICUS. CHAR. Above, brownish black, the feathers edged with dull buff, wing-feathers with dull bay; head and throat rich ..."

5. Wake-robin by John Burroughs (1904)
"One new bird, the Lapland longspur, which in color, flight, and song suggested our bobolink, ... longspur ..."

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