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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In another account, a small black redstart reportedly landed in the reservoir and was struggling to stay above water.
Aristotle thought that the robins living in Greece in the winter somehow turned into redstarts in the summer.
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Origin and Etymology of redstart
red + obsolete start handle, tail
First Known Use: 1553See Words from the same year
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