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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. 2018.
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  • This was a scarlet tanager, who was much larger than himself.

    The Children's Book of Birds Olive Thorne Miller
  • Occasionally the scarlet tanager lights it up with his vivid color.

    Under the Maples John Burroughs
  • The gorgeous coloring of the scarlet tanager has been its snare and destruction.

    Bird Neighbors Neltje Blanchan
  • Of course I thought of our scarlet tanager, which was then just arriving.

  • Now and then a bobolink, an oriole, or a scarlet tanager would be seen.

    The Lure of the Camera Charles S. Olcott
  • 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
  • Not until the morning stars quarrel together will the cat-bird or scarlet tanager herald the spring.

    Wild Life Near Home Dallas Lore Sharp
  • The cardinal was in magnificent plumage, and a scarlet tanager near by was equally handsome.

    Spring notes from Tennessee Bradford Torrey
  • We follow the scarlet tanager up a wide glen where wholesome smelling brake grows almost shoulder high.

    Some Spring Days in Iowa Frederick John Lazell
  • The only note I have heard it utter is a kind of churr, like the call of the scarlet tanager.

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
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