red·​breast ˈred-ˌbrest How to pronounce redbreast (audio)
: a bird (such as a robin) with a reddish breast
: a reddish-bellied sunfish (Lepomis auritus) of the eastern U.S.

called also red-breasted bream

Examples of redbreast in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The tannic Blackwater River holds healthy redbreast populations and world-class river fishing for shellcrackers, the local term for redear sunfish—a whopper can break the 3-pound mark. The Editors, Field & Stream, 24 Feb. 2020 The same side has yielded scores of sunfish — redbreasts and bluegills, some weighing a pound or more. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, 12 May 2018 The most common, generally largest and seemingly the most aggressive are the redbreasts. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, 21 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of redbreast was in the 15th century

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“Redbreast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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red·​breast -ˌbrest How to pronounce redbreast (audio)
: a bird (as a robin) with a reddish breast

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