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cactus wren

any American wren of the genus Campylorhynchus, of arid regions, especially C. brunneicapillus, of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico.
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An Americanism dating back to 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It adds a new touch of interest to the forbidding cactus to know that the cactus wren builds her nest between its leaves.

    The Last Harvest John Burroughs

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