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[red-wing] /ˈrɛdˌwɪŋ/
a European thrush, Turdus iliacus, having chestnut-red flank and axillary feathers.
Origin of redwing
1650-60; red1 + wing

Red Wing

(Tantangamini) c1750–c1825, Sioux leader.
a city in SE Minnesota. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • This cousin of the red-wing, whom it resembles in size, flight and notes, is a common migrant in the United States.

  • In nesting time the red-wing is indeed a citizen of the lowland.

    The Log of the Sun William Beebe
  • This jargon of the red-wing has a true vernal ring about it, suggesting the fresh green of oozy bogs and the loosening up of sap.

  • Towards evening I heard the note of the red-wing (Turdus iliacus).

    Lachesis Lapponica Carl von Linn
  • The first flicker and red-wing seen; also a striped squirrel; also some kind of fly.

  • Size of the red-wing but with a whitish eye and no red; the female unstreaked.

    What Bird is That? Frank M. Chapman
  • This species differs from the red-wing in having the shoulders a much darker red and the median coverts white instead of buffy.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • The red-wing's mate is a modest-looking bird in stripes of brown and black.

    The Children's Book of Birds Olive Thorne Miller
  • Dwight describes its notes as "a confused medley of whistles, sweeter and higher-pitched than those of the red-wing."

    What Bird is That? Frank M. Chapman
  • Scores of red-wing black-birds had nested in the clustered bushes of the floating islands.

    A Northern Countryside Rosalind Richards
British Dictionary definitions for red-wing


a small European thrush, Turdus iliacus, having a speckled breast, reddish flanks, and brown back
a North American oriole, Agelaius phoeniceus, the male of which has a black plumage with a red-and-yellow patch on each wing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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