from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wren. Also jenny-crudle.
- n. Herb-robert, Geranium Robertianum.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
But when the veery had flown with his heart-break to some distant copse, two song-sparrows came to persuade us with their blithe melody that life was worth living, after all; and cheerful little domestic birds, like the jenny-wren and the chipping-sparrow, pecked about and put in between whiles their little chit-chat across the boughs, while the bobolink called to us like a comrade, and the phoebe-bird gave us a series of imitations, and the scarlet tanager and the wild canary put in a vivid appearance, to show what can be done with colour, though they have no song.
There's no life in him -- nothing but a jenny-wren. "
Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.