american red start

American redstart

noun
See under redstart ( def 2 ).

Origin:
1800–10, Americanism

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redstart

[red-stahrt]
noun
1.
any of several small, Old World thrushes, usually with reddish-brown tails, especially Phoenicurus phoenicurus (European redstart)
2.
any of several fly-catching, New World warblers, especially Setophaga ruticilla (American redstart) having black and white plumage with reddish-orange patches.

Origin:
1560–70; red1 + obsolete start tail (Middle English start, stert tail, handle, Old English steort tail; akin to Old High German sterz, Old Norse stertr)

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redstart (ˈrɛdˌstɑːt)
 
n
1.  any European songbird of the genus Phoenicurus, esp P. phoenicurus, in which the male has a black throat, orange-brown tail and breast, and grey back: family Muscicapidae (thrushes, etc)
2.  any North American warbler of the genus Setophaga, esp S. ruticilla
 
[Old English rēadred1 + steort tail; compare German Rotsterz]

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