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Definition of wren

1 : any of a family (Troglodytidae) of small typically brownish oscine singing birds especially : a very small widely distributed bird (Troglodytes troglodytes) that has a short erect tail and is noted for its song
2 : any of various small singing birds resembling the true wrens in size and habits

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Examples of wren in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The mother wren returned and continued caring for the helpless youngsters. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Apr. 2022 Despite its tiny size of about 4 ½ inches and its drab brown plumage, the house wren is as well known as the American robin. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, 6 May 2021 Season two was more frustrating because the female wren decided to build a robust nest with twigs that obscured the camera. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Apr. 2022 With a new camera installed and a fresh coat of paint, a male wren began the nesting process by placing a few twigs inside. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Apr. 2022 Middlesex County: Observers spotted two Virginia rails at Flowed Meadow Conservation Area in Auburndale, two more rails at Forest Grove Reserve in Waltham, and a single individual and a marsh wren at Great Meadows Refuge in Concord. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Feb. 2022 The wren parents sat in a nearby tree, gurgling and bubbling and calling to the young inside the box. Sheryl Devore, chicagotribune.com, 9 July 2021 North of Boston, a sedge wren at Plum Island was noteworthy. BostonGlobe.com, 10 Oct. 2021 Soon, one young house wren peeked outside the nest hole, saw its parents and took the plunge, landing safely on a branch. Sheryl Devore, chicagotribune.com, 9 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of wren

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for wren

Middle English wrenne, from Old English wrenna; akin to Old High German rentilo wren

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“Wren.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wren. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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: a small brown songbird with a short tail that points upward

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