redbreast

[red-brest]
noun
  1. the European robin, Erithacus rubecula.
  2. the North American robin, Turdus migratorius.
  3. any of various other birds, as a dowitcher or knot.
  4. a freshwater sunfish, Lepomis auritus, of the eastern U.S.

Origin of redbreast

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at red1, breast
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redbreast

noun
  1. any of various birds having a red breast, esp the Old World robinSee robin (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for redbreast
n.

early 15c., of the English robin, from red (adj.1) + breast (n.). Later of the American bird.

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