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[red-burd] /ˈrɛdˌbɜrd/
the cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis.
any of various other birds having red plumage, as the scarlet tanager.
Origin of redbird
First recorded in 1660-70; red1 + bird Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The redbird is singing in the tree, his plumage all the brighter for the winter's bleaching.

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

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

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

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  • "But it is true, redbird, you have done nothing," Wolf Paw said more softly.

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

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  • "You saved his life," Sun Woman said, so softly only redbird could hear the words.

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  • redbird was standing among the people, looking not at the stranger, but at White Bear.

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  • redbird knew she had more of the shaman in her than Iron Knife.

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Word Origin and History for redbird

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
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