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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)

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Observers spotted a snowy owl and a house wren at Crane Beach in Essex. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 1 Dec. 2019 Sightings at Nauset Spit in Orleans included a Lapland longspur, 3 marsh wrens, 5 American pipits, 21 Savannah sparrows, a yellow-breasted chat, and 3 bobolinks. BostonGlobe.com, "Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of Sept. 24) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.," 1 Oct. 2019 Fall is the best time to hang a birdhouse designed for wrens (with an entrance exactly 1⅛-inch wide). Boston.com Real Estate, "Ask the Gardener: How to get rid of grubs for good," 1 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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The first known use of wren was before the 12th century

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“Wren.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wren. Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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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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