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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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Another migrant that has arrived lately and is a persistent singer is the house wren. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, "Homing instinct will drive some of the spring's 'big three' birds back to Minnesota," 6 May 2021 In Iberá National Park in Argentina, two wren-size, nearly identical species of bird live side by side, spending their days foraging for the same kinds of seeds and nesting in the same kinds of places. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Tiny differences in plumage and song have split two nearly identical birds into different species," 25 Mar. 2021 Note to readers: A recent item discussed a wren leaving a stick poking out of its nest boxes. Val Cunningham Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Evening grosbeaks and other outliers visit northern Minnesota," 26 Jan. 2021 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

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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 13 May. 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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