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house wren

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of house wren1

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10

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Example Sentences

For the second year in a row, a pair of house wrens moved into a bird box we put up in our backyard.

But however angelic the voice of the house wren, its temper can put to flight even the English sparrow.

I have never seen an account of a House Wren taking up his abode in another bird's nest.

He will not even tolerate a house wren in the vicinity of his nest.

Does the house wren always close its song with the rising inflection, as if it were asking a question?

Size of the House Wren, but with the tail nearly half an inch longer; its outer feathers tipped with gray.

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