painted bunting

  1. a brilliantly colored bunting, Passerina ciris, of the southern U.S.

Origin of painted bunting

An Americanism dating back to 1805–15

Words Nearby painted bunting Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use painted bunting in a sentence

  • It was here, I think, that I got my first view of the nonpareil, or painted bunting—a bird rarely seen north of the Potomac.

    Under the Maples | John Burroughs
  • The painted bunting is a common summer resident in Coahuila.