from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various birds with red plumage, as the cardinal or scarlet tanager.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several unrelated birds having red plumage, but especially the cardinal.
  • n. Any of various red cars formerly used in the New York City subway system.
  • n. A train of such cars.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The cardinal bird.
  • n. The summer redbird (Piranga rubra).
  • n. The scarlet tanager. See tanager.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name of sundry red or partly red birds.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. crested thick-billed North American finch having bright red plumage in the male
  • n. the male is bright red with black wings and tail


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  • Old bird eyes that redbird, jumpy round rough blackbirds who have the sharper eye.


  • We met the second threshold so quickly (thanks to redbird!) that I totally lost track of time.

    Ghosha (funded!)

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    mrissa: I'm not proud. Or tired. Well, kind of tired.

  • But meanwhile, she -- or someone pretending to be her -- is tweeting like a redbird.

    Backchannel chatter: Chapman's Moscow tweets

  • Suite 88 is still my chocolate source of choice near the hotel, but seabream and I made it to Juliette et Chocolat (after trying and failing with redbird, cattitude, and timprov), and it is certainly worth attention.

    Barnstorming on an Invisible Segway

  • But the White man had stolen it from Lolla-Wossiky with murders and likker, until Lolla-Wossiky wasn't man enough to have the redbird learn his song or the land fill up his heart.

    He Don't Know Him

  • Ta-Kumsaw came out of his redbird trance and heard laughter from the Red village, laughter and singing from the White soldiers inside the fort.

    He Don't Know Him

  • White man's metal would be rust; White man's stone work would be low hills and small caves; White man's murders would be wistful, beautiful notes in the song of the redbird -- for the redbird remembered everything, turning it into goodness when it could.

    He Don't Know Him


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  • Regional name for the northern cardinal and the scarlet tanager, among other birds.

    January 12, 2009

  • Lampbane, thanks for reminding me of the redbirds, I liked those cars. They're doing good things in retirement, though: a lot of them have been reefed. Pictures here.

    October 28, 2008

  • R26, R28, R29, R33 ML, R33 WF, R36, and R36 WF New York City subway cars, painted red to combat graffiti.

    October 28, 2008

  • The call-note of a redbird from the cedars in the dusk

    Woke his happy mate within me to an answer free and fine;

    And a sudden angel beckoned from a column of blue smoke --

    ~Lord, who am I that they should stoop -- these holy folk of thine?

    - Karle Wilson Baker, 'Good Company'.

    October 4, 2008