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scarlet tanager

an American tanager, Piranga olivacea, the male of which is bright red with black wings and tail during the breeding season.
Origin of scarlet tanager
An Americanism dating back to 1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The cardinal was in magnificent plumage, and a scarlet tanager near by was equally handsome.

    Spring notes from Tennessee Bradford Torrey
  • The gorgeous coloring of the scarlet tanager has been its snare and destruction.

    Bird Neighbors Neltje Blanchan
  • He is all red, but otherwise looks like the scarlet tanager, and his habits are about the same.

    The Children's Book of Birds Olive Thorne Miller
  • Of course I thought of our scarlet tanager, which was then just arriving.

  • This was a scarlet tanager, who was much larger than himself.

    The Children's Book of Birds Olive Thorne Miller
  • Now and then a bobolink, an oriole, or a scarlet tanager would be seen.

    The Lure of the Camera Charles S. Olcott
  • They saw yellow warblers flicker away, a king-bird swoop, a scarlet tanager glisten in flight.

    The Job Sinclair Lewis
  • Even if we had found the nest we might have mistaken it for a scarlet tanager's.

    Citizen Bird Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
  • The ornithologist names him the scarlet tanager—tanager being a Brazilian word applied to this class of birds.

  • Not until the morning stars quarrel together will the cat-bird or scarlet tanager herald the spring.

    Wild Life Near Home Dallas Lore Sharp
British Dictionary definitions for scarlet tanager

scarlet tanager

an E North American tanager, Piranga olivacea, the male of which has a bright red head and body with black wings and tail
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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