winter wren

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noun

(in the Western Hemisphere) a small wren, Troglodytes troglodytes, of coniferous forests.

Origin of winter wren

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10
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Examples from the Web for winter wren

  • Instantly a winter-wren, as though at a signal, went into ecstatic ravings.

    The Silent Places|Steward Edward White
  • The winter-wren is another marvelous songster, in speaking of whom it is difficult to avoid superlatives.

    Wake-Robin|John Burroughs
  • The Winter-Wren is another marvellous songster, in speaking of whom it is difficult to avoid superlatives.