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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The cardinal, cardinal grosbeak, or cardinal redbird, Cardinalis virginianus, an oscine passerine bird of the family Fringillidæ, called by Cuvier the cardinal finch.

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Examples

  • In a variant of the above story Giufà's mother, to get rid of him, one day tells him to take his gun and go off and shoot a cardinal-bird.

    Italian Popular Tales

  • Presently a cardinal-bird began singing in the sunshine.

    A Young Man in a Hurry and Other Short Stories

  • Bourbon's feet; crossing little streams that a sudden rush of headwater from the hills had swollen to dangerous torrents, or other streams that backwater from the Great River had converted into inland lakes; the air sweet with the fragrance of the wild crab and blossoming grape; wood-thrush and oriole, meadow-lark and cardinal-bird, making the woods ring with their melodies -- this ride through Upper Louisiana in the early springtime was one long joy to eye and ear and nostril.

    The Rose of Old St. Louis

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