Definition of rock sparrow in English:

rock sparrow


  • 1Any of several brownish grey Old World sparrows of (or formerly of) the genus Petronia (family Ploceidae), which frequent rocky country (frequently with distinguishing word); especially P. petronia, found from Portugal and Morocco to Central Asia.

  • 2US a rufous-crowned sparrow of the subspecies Aimophila ruficeps eremoeca (family Emberizidae) (now rare).


Mid 19th century.