American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See red-winged blackbird.
- n. A European thrush (Turdus iliacus) having reddish feathers under the wings and a white eye stripe.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The red-winged thrush of Europe, Turdus iliacus.
- n. The red-winged marsh-blackbird of America, A Agelæux phœniceus. See Agelæus and blackbird.
- n. In South Africa, one of the francolins, Francolinus Coaillanti, a game-bird somewhat resembling the quail.
- n. A small thrush, Turdus iliacus, native to Eurasia, with a white eye stripe and red under-wing feathers.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A European thrush (Turdus iliacus). Its under wing coverts are orange red. Called also
redwinged thrush. (b) A North American passerine bird (Agelarius phœniceus) of the family Icteridæ. The male is black, with a conspicuous patch of bright red, bordered with orange, on each wing. Called also redwinged blackbird, red-winged troupial, marsh blackbird, and swamp blackbird.
- n. small European thrush having reddish flanks
- n. North American blackbird with scarlet patches on the wings
“The redwing is the first bird to come north for the spring.”
“Look, the marsh marigolds we treasured have disappeared this spring gobbled by deer, overrun by reed canary grass but still the redwing blackbird sings.”
“Then the birds: ibis, egret, wood duck, redwing blackbird, great blue heron.”
“On the phone, while my sister is reading in bed, I sit in the kitchen of our B&B and tell William about the live oaks, the dogwoods in bloom, and the redwing blackbird I spotted on our second day.”
“ Molly asked Winton the leader of the redwing black birds to join her in confirming Tidi's report.”
“The house looks out across a wide, overgrown canyon with redwing hawks circling lazily overhead.”
“Instead of watching my brothers, I contemplated the sky and was rewarded not only by the sight of several gulls, but also by a glimpse of a redwing.”
“• Large flocks of chaffinch with some bramblings in woodland, abundant redwing and fieldfare in hawthorn hedges, and rare waxwings appearing in unusually high numbers.”
“On the short turf before the nearest of them a redwing stands alert.”
“All my sins rise like redwing blackbirds of summer into the certainty of trees — of maple& cherry”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘redwing’.
A list of words that are odd or words that I have looked up.
birds with singular names from
at least 9 English dictionaries
how red is used
bushy red mint, California red scale, dark red silver ore, down the red lane, Florida red scale, in red, in the red, in (the) red row, Knights of the Re..., light red silver ore, old red lammas, on red and 764 more...
Hopefully, I'll be using this site for more than one year. It will be fun then to look back and see what new words I found worthy of notice in any given year.
All words spotted in 2008...
A work in progress....Birds from around the world (other than endemic to North America).
Inspired by hernesheir's Greens list.
discoveries and oddities in Toni Morrison's Jazz (1992)
Looking for tweets for redwing.