red·​start | \ ˈred-ˌstärt How to pronounce redstart (audio) \

Definition of redstart

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

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Recent Examples on the Web The word steort fell out of general use around 1300, surviving only in the names of birds like redstart and wagstart (better known today as the wagtail). Simon Horobin, Quartz, "Five words in the English language people usually use incorrectly," 10 Nov. 2019 Also among reports were a smattering of warblers: ovenbird, black-and-white, common yellowthroat, American redstart, yellow, and pine., "Bird sightings," 29 July 2019 At Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, there were two Wilson’s phalaropes, three swamp sparrows, four American redstarts, and a blackpoll warbler., "Bird sightings across the region," 23 June 2019 Getty Images/Morgan McMullenGetty Images Hello, redstarts, and welcome to another edition of This Week in Timothée Chalamet. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, May 17 Edition," 17 May 2019 Warblers and thrashers, hummingbirds and catbirds, redstarts and orioles, dozens of migratory species can be seen or heard on the narrow slip of land between Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Ben Raines,, "Tiny birds, incredible journey," 20 Apr. 2018 Aristotle thought that the robins living in Greece in the winter somehow turned into redstarts in the summer. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, "On Long Migrations, Birds Chase an Eternal Spring," 5 Jan. 2017 In another account, a small black redstart reportedly landed in the reservoir and was struggling to stay above water. Fox News, "Wild ducks reportedly pictured killing, eating small birds," 30 June 2017

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First Known Use of redstart

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for redstart

red + obsolete start handle, tail

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“Redstart.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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