- an American tanager, Piranga olivacea, the male of which is bright red with black wings and tail during the breeding season.
Origin of scarlet tanager
An Americanism dating back to 1800–10
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- an E North American tanager, Piranga olivacea, the male of which has a bright red head and body with black wings and tail