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[red-brest] /ˈrɛdˌbrɛst/
the European robin, Erithacus rubecula.
the North American robin, Turdus migratorius.
any of various other birds, as a dowitcher or knot.
a freshwater sunfish, Lepomis auritus, of the eastern U.S.
Origin of redbreast
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425; See origin at red1, breast Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Except the wintry notes of the redbreast, nature herself is mute.

    Our Village Mary Russell Mitford
  • But the Blue-Bird does not equal the redbreast as a songster.

  • Imbrie asked with intolerable insolence: “Will you be my servant, redbreast?”

    The Woman from Outside Hulbert Footner
  • The next day he asked the redbreast if he knew the way to the golden chest.

    The Quest Frederik van Eeden
  • The redbreast was not afraid of Johannes; it flew on to his arm.

    Little Johannes Frederik van Eeden
  • The Robin, or redbreast (Fig. 248), is too familiar a friend to require description.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • Neither the thistles nor the redbreast supply her with any answer.

    Doctor Cupid Rhoda Broughton
  • I know of one in her nest hard by,' answered the redbreast, 'shall I go and call her?'

    The Governess Sarah Fielding
  • We were ferried on a steam-tug to the redbreast, and climbed aboard.

    Tell England Ernest Raymond
  • Next came the redbreast, whose decks were soon as crowded as the Snaefell's had been.

    Tell England Ernest Raymond
British Dictionary definitions for redbreast


any of various birds having a red breast, esp the Old World robin See robin (sense 1)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for redbreast

early 15c., of the English robin, from red (adj.1) + breast (n.). Later of the American bird.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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