redpoll

noun (1)
red·​poll | \ ˈred-ˌpōl How to pronounce redpoll (audio) \

Definition of redpoll

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: either of two small finches (genus Carduelis synonym Acanthis of the family Fringillidae) having brownish streaked plumage and a red or rosy crown especially : one (C. flammea) found in northern regions of both the New and Old World

red poll

noun (2), often capitalized R&P

Definition of red poll (Entry 2 of 2)

: any of a breed of large hornless red beef cattle of English origin

Examples of redpoll in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Stiteler also suggests the Sax-Zim Bog between Duluth and Hibbing, a national birding destination and a winter habitat for birds like the great gray owl, the pine grosbeak and the hoary redpoll. Richard Chin, Star Tribune, "Our suggestions on how to celebrate winter solstice outdoors," 20 Dec. 2020 Miscellaneous: Among sightings were a Eurasian wigeon in Broad Cove in Somerset, a vesper sparrow off of Bakerville Road in Dartmouth, and a common redpoll at the Thoreau School Riverwalk in West Concord. BostonGlobe.com, "Most read on BostonGlobe.com," 10 Nov. 2019 Meanwhile, the irruptive species—birds who irregularly migrate—like crossbills, redpolls, grosbeaks, and purple finches stayed north, resulting in lower talleys for the annual count in most of the United States. Mika Mckinnon, Smithsonian, "Birdwatch for Science this Holiday Season," 15 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of redpoll

Noun (1)

1728, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for redpoll

Noun (2)

alteration of red polled

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The first known use of redpoll was in 1728

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12 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Redpoll.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/redpoll. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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