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redbird

[red-burd]
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noun
  1. the cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis.
  2. any of various other birds having red plumage, as the scarlet tanager.

Origin of redbird

First recorded in 1660–70; red1 + bird
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Examples from the Web for redbird

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Historical Examples

  • The redbird is singing in the tree, his plumage all the brighter for the winter's bleaching.

  • You cannot make a wren out of a redbird, even if you are the God of both.

  • Redbird wondered why pale eyes were so different and why they had so much power.

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    Robert Shea

  • The snow was already halfway up Redbird's laced deerskin boots.

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    Robert Shea

  • Redbird felt tears stream from her eyes—and freeze at once on her cheeks.

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    Robert Shea


Word Origin and History for redbird

n.

mid-13c., a name for sundry red or partly red birds, including the common bullfinch and the scarlet tanager, but in U.S. especially the cardinal, from red (adj.1) + bird (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper