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  1. either of two small fringilline birds, Carduelis flammea or C. hornemanni, of northern North America and Eurasia, the adults of which have a crimson crown patch.
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Origin of redpoll

First recorded in 1730–40; red1 + poll1
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Examples from the Web for redpoll

Historical Examples of redpoll

  • Redpoll laughed at his own joke, but Peter didn't see the joke at all.

    The Burgess Bird Book for Children

    Thornton W. Burgess

  • One redpoll was taken in a trap at Umiat on August 30, 1951.

  • In notes and general habits the Redpoll resembles the Goldfinch.

    What Bird is That?

    Frank M. Chapman

  • I hear a purple finch, too, and the feeble lisp of the redpoll.

    In the Catskills

    John Burroughs

  • This variety is smaller than the last and is considerably darker but still retains the white rump of the Greenland Redpoll.

    The Bird Book

    Chester A. Reed

British Dictionary definitions for redpoll


  1. either of two widely distributed finches, Acanthis flammea or A. hornemanni (arctic redpoll or hoary redpoll), having a greyish-brown plumage with a red crown and pink breast
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