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[red-pohl] /ˈrɛdˌpoʊl/
either of two small fringilline birds, Carduelis flammea or C. hornemanni, of northern North America and Eurasia, the adults of which have a crimson crown patch.
Origin of redpoll
First recorded in 1730-40; red1 + poll1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • redpoll laughed at his own joke, but Peter didn't see the joke at all.

  • One redpoll was taken in a trap at Umiat on August 30, 1951.

  • In notes and general habits the redpoll resembles the Goldfinch.

    What Bird is That? Frank M. Chapman
  • I hear a purple finch, too, and the feeble lisp of the redpoll.

    In the Catskills

    John Burroughs
  • This variety is smaller than the last and is considerably darker but still retains the white rump of the Greenland redpoll.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • Among the species which thus modify their habits are the red crossbill, the redpoll, the Lapland longspur, and the snowy owl.

  • Hoary redpoll (exilipes), smaller and darker, but still lighter than the redpoll; winters south to Massachusetts.

    Bird Guide: Land Birds East of the Rockies

    Chester A. (Chester Albert) Reed
  • Satisfactory identification of these races of the redpoll can be made only by expert examination of specimens.

    What Bird is That? Frank M. Chapman
  • The field student, however, may call any redpoll he sees the Common redpoll with the chances of being right largely in his favor.

    What Bird is That? Frank M. Chapman
  • Holbœll's redpoll (A. holbœlli) is a slightly larger race, with a longer, more slender bill.

    What Bird is That? Frank M. Chapman
British Dictionary definitions for redpoll


either of two widely distributed finches, Acanthis flammea or A. hornemanni (arctic redpoll or hoary redpoll), having a greyish-brown plumage with a red crown and pink breast
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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