from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a red or reddish breast.
  • A misnomer of the American woodcock, Philohela minor.
  • Same as redbreast, 3.


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  • Below each drawing I compose a cryptogram, a hybrid of pig Latin, English, and French, neatly labeling each picture in tiny calligraphic script: Binrobatus rouge for red-breasted robin, Chicadeenus chapeaunoir for the little black-capped chickadee.

    The Memory Palace

  • At a sale hosted by Christie's in New York in 2007, a record $856,000 was paid for a red-breasted merganser hen made in the 1870s by famed carver Lothrop Holmes, who worked as a cemetery superintendent in Massachusetts.

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  • These red-breasted mergansers, drawn by Neal Anderson, are sometimes called "punk ducks."

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  • So the old woman sold me a magnet and a red-breasted hummingbird to hang around my neck.

    El colibri

  • The red vest fits the source of a red-breasted robin, but what part of a robin is green?

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  • They were obviously home to the arboreal inhabitants of the town, cousins of the red-breasted, foul-mouthed public servant they had met delivering mail to Clothahump's tree several days ago.

    A Corridor in the Asylum

  • The more common birds are the winter wren, Townsend's warbler, chestnut-backed chickadee, red-breasted nuthatch, gray jay, and Steller's jay.

    Cascade Mixed Forest - Coniferous Forest - Alpine Meadow Province (Bailey)

  • Common birds include the mountain bluebird, chestnut-backed chickadee, red-breasted nuthatch, ruby-crowned kinglet, pygmy nuthatch, gray jay, Steller's jay, and Clark's nutcracker.

    Southern Rocky Mountain Steppe - OpenWoodland - Coniferous Forest - Alpine Meadow Province (Bailey)

  • Species such as eiders, oldsquaw (Clangula hyemalis), common merganser (Mergus merganser), and red-breasted mergansers (M. serrator), are hunted by set seasonal open and closing dates.

    Management and conservation of marine mammals and seabirds in the Arctic

  • Many bird species, including bald eagle, northern spotted owl, brown creeper, and red-breasted nuthatches are associated with white fir habitat types.

    White fir


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