redstart

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noun red·start \ˈred-ˌstärt\

Definition of redstart

  1. 1 :  a small Old World songbird (Phoenicurus phoenicurus of the family Turdidae) with the male having a white brow, black throat, and chestnut breast and tail

  2. 2 :  an American warbler (Setophaga ruticilla of the family Parulidae) with a black and orange male

Origin and Etymology of redstart

red + obsolete start handle, tail


First Known Use: 1553


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