from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small North American bird (Setophaga ruticilla), the male of which has black plumage with orange patches on the wings and tail.
- n. A European bird (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) having grayish plumage and a rust-red breast and tail.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various insectivorous ground feeding birds, mainly of the genus Phoenicurus. Many of the species have a red tail.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small, handsome European singing bird (Phoenicurus phoenicurus, formerly Ruticilla phoenicurus), allied to the nightingale; -- called also redtail, brantail, fireflirt, firetail. The black redstart is Phoenicurus ochruros (formerly Phoenicurus tithys), and is now rare and protected by law in England. The name is also applied to several other species of Ruticilla and allied genera, native of India.
- n. An American fly-catching warbler (Setophaga ruticilla). The male is black, with large patches of orange-red on the sides, wings, and tail. The female is olive, with yellow patches.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of several entirely different birds which have the tail more or less red.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. European songbird with a reddish breast and tail; related to Old World robins
- n. flycatching warbler of eastern North America the male having bright orange on sides and wings and tail
red + obsolete start, tail (from Middle English stert, from Old English steort; see ster-1 in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
red + start (Wiktionary)