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house wren

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noun
  1. a common American wren, Troglodytes aedon, that nests around houses.

Origin of house wren

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10
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Historical Examples

  • The house-wren will build in anything that has an accessible cavity, from an old boot to a bomb-shell.

    Wake-Robin

    John Burroughs

  • The body is stout, the tail, square and short, is carried vertically as in the House-Wren.