[ red-pohl ]

  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.

Origin of redpoll

First recorded in 1730–40; red1 + poll1

Words Nearby redpoll

Other definitions for Red Poll (2 of 2)

Red Poll

  1. one of a breed of red, hornless, dual-purpose cattle, raised originally in England.

Origin of Red Poll

First recorded in 1890–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use redpoll in a sentence

  • Another punctual bird is the yellow redpoll warbler, the first of his class that appears.

    A Year in the Fields | John Burroughs
  • It is the Western counterpart of the yellow redpoll, and is most common in the Mississippi Valley.

    Bird Neighbors | Neltje Blanchan
  • Hoary redpoll (exilipes), smaller and darker, but still lighter than the redpoll; winters south to Massachusetts.

    Bird Guide: Land Birds East of the Rockies | Chester A. (Chester Albert) Reed
  • Among the species which thus modify their habits are the red crossbill, the redpoll, the Lapland longspur, and the snowy owl.

  • A northern species of Linnet, closely resembling the Lesser redpoll, but larger.

British Dictionary definitions for redpoll (1 of 2)


/ (ˈrɛdˌpɒl) /

  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

British Dictionary definitions for Red Poll (2 of 2)

Red Poll

  1. a red hornless short-haired breed of beef and dairy cattle

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