ruby-crowned kinglet

[ roo-bee-kround ]

  1. an olive-gray, American kinglet, Regulus calendula, the male of which has an erectile, ruby crest.

Origin of ruby-crowned kinglet

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45

Words Nearby ruby-crowned kinglet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use ruby-crowned kinglet in a sentence

  • The ruby-crowned kinglet was piping in an evergreen tree near by, but him I had been hearing for several days.

  • During its migrations it is often associated with the titmouse and the ruby-crowned kinglet.

  • We hear the note of the ruby-crowned kinglet (regulus calendula) which some one says sounds like "Chappie, chappie, jackfish."

    The New North | Agnes Deans Cameron