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  1. a European thrush, Turdus iliacus, having chestnut-red flank and axillary feathers.
  2. red-winged blackbird.
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Origin of redwing

First recorded in 1650–60; red1 + wing
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Examples from the Web for redwing

Historical Examples

  • Has the egg of the redwing been ever seen in this situation before?

    Notes and Queries, Number 82, May 24, 1851


  • "I was going to take Margaret to see a redwing's nest," he said.

    The Merryweathers

    Laura E. Richards

  • I think you wish that you were also going to Redwing, Minnesota?

  • Redwing was the horse, and she was a sure bet to win the next day.

    Ticktock and Jim

    Keith Robertson

  • They had even begun to think again of Mrs. Redwing's babies.

British Dictionary definitions for redwing


  1. a small European thrush, Turdus iliacus, having a speckled breast, reddish flanks, and brown back
  2. a North American oriole, Agelaius phoeniceus, the male of which has a black plumage with a red-and-yellow patch on each wing
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