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house wren

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noun

a common American wren, Troglodytes aedon, that nests around houses.

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Nearby words

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Origin of house wren

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for house wren

  • The body is stout, the tail, square and short, is carried vertically as in the House-Wren.

    Argentine Ornithology, Volume I (of 2)|P. L. Sclater
  • The house-wren will build in anything that has an accessible cavity, from an old boot to a bomb-shell.

    Wake-Robin|John Burroughs