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house wren

a common American wren, Troglodytes aedon, that nests around houses.
Origin of house wren
An Americanism dating back to 1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "It is nothing but the house wren," I muttered to myself, I know not how often.

    Our Bird Comrades

    Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
  • He will not even tolerate a house wren in the vicinity of his nest.

    Riverby John Burroughs
  • But his pluckiest and most inveterate enemy is the house wren.

  • A long slender bill, with more of a curve than a house wren's.

    Citizen Bird

    Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
  • Song something like a house wren's, but move bubbling and gurgling.

    Citizen Bird

    Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
  • But however angelic the voice of the house wren, its temper can put to flight even the English sparrow.

    Bird Neighbors Neltje Blanchan
  • For instance, all the wrens except our house wren seem to use about the best material at hand for their nests.

    Ways of Nature John Burroughs
  • What can be more unsuitable, untractable, for a nest in a hole or cavity than the twigs the house wren uses?

    Ways of Nature John Burroughs
  • The house wren will carry a twig three inches long through a hole of half that diameter.

    Ways of Nature John Burroughs
  • I have never seen an account of a house wren taking up his abode in another bird's nest.

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