redbreast

[ red-brest ]
/ ˈrɛdˌbrɛst /
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noun

the European robin, Erithacus rubecula.
the North American robin, Turdus migratorius.
any of various other birds, as a dowitcher or knot.
a freshwater sunfish, Lepomis auritus, of the eastern U.S.

Nearby words

  1. redbait,
  2. redbank whiteoak,
  3. redbelly dace,
  4. redbird,
  5. redbone,
  6. redbrick,
  7. redbrick university,
  8. redbridge,
  9. redbud,
  10. redbug

Origin of redbreast

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

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British Dictionary definitions for redbreast

redbreast

/ (ˈrɛdˌbrɛst) /

noun

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

redbreast

n.

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

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