From Middle English sparwe, sparowe, from Old English spearwa, from Proto-West Germanic *sparwō, from Proto-Germanic *sparwô, from Proto-Indo-European *spḗr ("sparrow").
Cognate with Dutch spreeuw ("starling"), Alemannic German Spar ("sparrow"), German Sperling ("sparrow"), Danish and Norwegian Bokmål spurv ("sparrow"), Norwegian Nynorsk sporv ("sparrow"), Swedish sparv ("sparrow"), Breton frao ("crow"), Tocharian A spārāñ, Ancient Greek ψάρ ("starling").
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