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painted bunting

a brilliantly colored bunting, Passerina ciris, of the southern U.S.
Origin of painted bunting
An Americanism dating back to 1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The painted bunting is a common summer resident in Coahuila.

  • It was here, I think, that I got my first view of the nonpareil, or painted bunting—a bird rarely seen north of the Potomac.

    Under the Maples John Burroughs

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