scarlet tanager

[ skahr-lit tan-uh-jer ]
/ ˈskɑr lɪt ˈtæn ə dʒər /

noun

an American songbird, Piranga olivacea,the male of which is bright red with black wings and tail: recently classified as a member of the cardinal family rather than the tanager family, the scarlet tanager breeds across eastern North America and migrates to northwestern South America.

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Origin of scarlet tanager

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10
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British Dictionary definitions for scarlet tanager

scarlet tanager

noun

an E North American tanager, Piranga olivacea, the male of which has a bright red head and body with black wings and tail
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