See under redstart(def 2).
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Origin of American redstart
An Americanism dating back to 1800–10
Definition for american redstart (2 of 2)
[ red-stahrt ]
/ ˈrɛdˌstɑrt /
any of several small, Old World thrushes, usually with reddish-brown tails, especially Phoenicurus phoenicurus (European redstart).
any of several fly-catching, New World warblers, especially Setophaga ruticilla (American redstart), having black and white plumage with reddish-orange patches.
Origin of redstart
1560–70; red1 + obsolete start tail (Middle English start, stert tail, handle, Old English steort tail; akin to Old High German sterz, Old Norse stertr)
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British Dictionary definitions for american redstart
/ (ˈrɛdˌstɑːt) /
any European songbird of the genus Phoenicurus, esp P. phoenicurus, in which the male has a black throat, orange-brown tail and breast, and grey back: family Muscicapidae (thrushes, etc)
any North American warbler of the genus Setophaga, esp S. ruticilla
Word Origin for redstart
Old English rēad red 1 + steort tail; compare German Rotsterz
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Word Origin and History for american redstart
type of bird, 1560s, from red (adj.1) + start "tail," from Old English steort. Cf. German Rotsterz.
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