desert cardinal


Definition of desert cardinal

: pyrrhuloxia We also have a close relative of cardinals, the pyrrhuloxia, sometimes known as the desert cardinal— Clay Thompson, Arizona Republic, 11 Dec. 2006

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of desert cardinal

2006, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about desert cardinal

Time Traveler for desert cardinal

Time Traveler

The first known use of desert cardinal was in 2006

See more words from the same year

Statistics for desert cardinal

Cite this Entry

“Desert cardinal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Comments on desert cardinal

What made you want to look up desert cardinal? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!