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Definition of wren

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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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Definition of Wren (Entry 2 of 2)

Sir Christopher 1632–1723 English architect

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Examples of wren in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To date, Creager’s rescues have included a cardinal, a wren, a towhee and a mockingbird. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "When a baby bird needs help, this Alabama woman swoops in," 23 Sep. 2020 The species found to have less than 1,000 individuals include the Sumatran rhino, the Clarión wren, the Española giant tortoise and the harlequin frog, reports Damian Carrington of the Guardian. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Already Unprecedented Rate of Wildlife Extinctions Is Accelerating," 3 June 2020 The researchers specifically cited species such as the Sumatran rhino, the Clarion island wren, the Espanola Giant Tortoise and the Harlequin frog as examples that are particularly vulnerable to going extinct. Fox News, "Animals and plants are going extinct at an 'unprecedented rate,' shocking study says," 3 June 2020 There was also a winter wren at the D. Blakely Hoar Sanctuary in Brookline. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings," 2 Feb. 2020 At Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge a Virginia rail, a sora, and a marsh wren continued to be seen. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings," 9 Feb. 2020 Although the melodies bounce and echo off the surrounding canyon walls, the repetitive nature and slow, descending scale help female wrens (and human hobbyists) pinpoint each bird’s location along the steep rock faces it inhabits. Marion Renault, Popular Science, "See how birds change their tunes to fit their surroundings," 27 Jan. 2020 There was a Northern pintail at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord along with two continuing Virginia rails, a sora, a marsh wren, and a pine warbler. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings," 11 Jan. 2020 In addition to the resident cardinals, blue jays, wrens, titmice, lesser goldfinches, doves and golden fronted woodpeckers, gardeners are reporting visits by migrating orioles, buntings, robins and warblers. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "If you feed them, birds will come," 10 Oct. 2019

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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 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wren

: a small bird with brown feathers and a short tail that points upward


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Kids Definition of wren

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

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