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

    In the Catskills John Burroughs
  • "It is nothing but the house wren," I muttered to myself, I know not how often.

    Our Bird Comrades Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
  • Does the house wren always close its song with the rising inflection, as if it were asking a question?

    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
  • He is reddish-brown, while the house wren, which is half an inch shorter, is cinnamon-brown.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • 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
  • The barn swallow and house wren feather their nests at the expense of the hens and geese.

    Riverby John Burroughs
  • But however angelic the voice of the house wren, its temper can put to flight even the English sparrow.

    Bird Neighbors Neltje Blanchan

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