Definition of reed-sparrow in US English:

reed-sparrow

noun

  • Any of several European songbirds that frequent reed beds: (a) (more fully "†greater reed-sparrow") the reed bunting, Emberiza schoeniclus (now rare); (b) (more fully "lesser reed-sparrow") the sedge warbler, Acrocephalus schoenobaenus, or reed warbler, A. scirpaceus (now historical).

Origin

Late 15th century. From reed + sparrow. Compare post-classical Latin passer harundinarius, passer arundinaceus.

Pronunciation

reed-sparrow

/ˈriːd ˌsparəʊ/