northern cardinal


Definition of northern cardinal

: cardinal sense 5a(1) … studies have shown that certain Indiana species, including the northern cardinal, have been inching farther north for more than 100 years.— Robert Annis, Indianapolis Star, 16 Feb. 2009 This seems to be the year of the northern cardinal as they are plentiful everywhere.— Phyllis Yochem, Corpus Christi (Texas) Caller-Times, 12 Feb. 2005

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1925, in the meaning defined above

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