summer tanager

[ suhm-er tan-uh-jer ]

  1. an American songbird, Piranga rubra, the male of which is bright red: recently classified as a member of the cardinal family rather than the tanager family, the summer tanager breeds in the southern and central United States and migrates as far south as northern South America.

Origin of summer tanager

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85

Words Nearby summer tanager Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024