red·​breast | \ ˈred-ˌbrest How to pronounce redbreast (audio) \

Definition of redbreast

1 : a bird (such as a robin) with a reddish breast
2 : 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, "The Ultimate Guide to Hunting and Fishing Road Trips for Spring," 24 Feb. 2020 The same side has yielded scores of sunfish — redbreasts and bluegills, some weighing a pound or more. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Catch the good times rolling on the rivers," 12 May 2018 The most common, generally largest and seemingly the most aggressive are the redbreasts. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Finding treasures on the upper Nueces," 21 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of redbreast

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Redbreast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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red·​breast | \ ˈred-ˌbrest How to pronounce redbreast (audio) \

Kids Definition of redbreast

: a bird (as a robin) with a reddish breast

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