the cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis.
any of various other birds having red plumage, as the scarlet tanager.

Nearby words

  1. redargue,
  2. redback,
  3. redbait,
  4. redbank whiteoak,
  5. redbelly dace,
  6. redbone,
  7. redbreast,
  8. redbrick,
  9. redbrick university,
  10. redbridge

Origin of redbird

First recorded in 1660–70; red1 + bird Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for redbird



mid-13c., a name for sundry red or partly red birds, including the common bullfinch and the scarlet tanager, but in U.S. especially the cardinal, from red (adj.1) + bird (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper