One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1North American informal A northerner who moves to a warmer southern state in the winter.‘at the peak of the tourist season the hotel hosted an additional three hundred snowbirds and backpackers’
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- ‘This snowbird will be happy only if their appearance includes sufficient snowfall this winter to make for plenty of happy cross country ski outings.’
- ‘I had an eight-month contract that would get to the winter months, and I would head to Arizona, just like the snowbirds, and work on a couple of courses down there, doing mostly irrigation work for four months out of the year.’
- ‘For that reason, cremation is very popular in markets across Arizona and Florida, home to many snowbirds and transplanted retirees, as shown in the above map.’
- ‘It sits atop an emerging category of RVs that appeal to urbanites who are far more design-conscious than the senior snowbirds driving big white boxes from hookup to hookup.’
- ‘Yet the retirees and snowbirds who loyally filled the condos during Palm Springs' downturn in the 1980s and early '90s are still there.’
- ‘They're not necessarily resort communities, you know, some snowbirds go down there and there's long time residents live down there.’
- ‘That would allow snowbirds and Southeastern race fans to spend three weeks in Florida, migrating from one track to the other.’
- ‘Sue all Northern Yankee States for forcing snowbirds to leave by criminal tacit encouragement of bad weather.’
- ‘Destin, located in the panhandle region, has become a prime landing strip for snowbirds who would rather gaze at blue water and white sand than gray buildings and freeways.’
- ‘There she reportedly sells time-share accommodation to so-called ageing snowbirds who migrate south for the winter.’
- ‘And if a good beer can't be found, a tequila will do in this town filled with snowbirds, University of Arizona students and tourists.’
- ‘There's snowbirds coming from Canada and Washington, they're stopping in, picking up cheese and taking it down to Phoenix and Southern California.’
- ‘Many of them are, you know, year-round residents, many snowbirds, and the majority of whom are older citizens, correct?’
- ‘Beware of snowbirds: Beginning Oct. 31, Canadian discounter CanJet will add a Sunday-only non-stop flight between Orlando and Halifax, Nova Scotia.’
- ‘The variety is clearly aimed at family vacationers and snowbirds who can afford a winter residence in the Sunshine State.’
- ‘We became acclimated to ‘dry heat’ and discovered why so many snowbirds return to the area for its unique beauty, year after year.’
- ‘San Augustine is popular with snowbirds and retirees.’
- ‘Also, if you are a snowbird and live for 6 months in the North and 6 months in Florida where you own or rent a house or condo, register in Florida.’
- ‘Locations will be by no coincidence in the same regions where the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau beams a good share of its advertising - to the snowbirds in the Midwest.’
- ‘The phrase ‘Québécois at the beach’ usually conjures up images of Quebec's snowbirds escaping winter for Florida's sunny shores.’
2A widespread and variable junco (songbird) with grey or brown upper parts and a white belly.
Junco hyemalis, family Emberizidae (subfamily Emberizinae). Alternative name: dark-eyed junco
- ‘Similarly, in male and female dark-eyed juncos, dominance was related to prior residency.’
- ‘Dominant dark-eyed juncos also obtained more food than subordinate juncos when food was clumped and the same amount of food when food was dispersed.’
- ‘Response to the predator model was compared to a control model of the largely granivorous bird, the dark-eyed junco, which represents no predation threat.’
- ‘On days with fresh snowfall, GC concentrations were higher in dark-eyed juncos than on days without fresh snow and fat reserves increased after these snows.’
- ‘We studied a captive population of dark-eyed juncos in a simulated intruder situation.’
- 2.1 The snow bunting.
- ‘All too soon, Johnny's cutting zigzags across trapping lines and frozen inlets, listening to snowbirds whistle and the dogs pant.’
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