northern cardinal

[ nawr-thern kahr-dn-l ]
/ ˈnɔr ðərn ˈkɑr dn l /

noun

a distinctively crested songbird, Cardinalis cardinalis, the male of which is bright red: the most familiar cardinal in the eastern half of the United States and much of Mexico.

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Origin of northern cardinal

First recorded in 1920–25
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020