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[red-burd] /ˈrɛdˌbɜrd/
the cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis.
any of various other birds having red plumage, as the scarlet tanager.
Origin of redbird
1660-70; red1 + bird Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • When they were out of the water, redbird picked up a stick and drew a little picture on the mudbank.

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  • You cannot make a wren out of a redbird, even if you are the God of both.

  • Sun Woman opened her arms, and redbird pressed her body against the bigger, older woman's.

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  • The snow was already halfway up redbird's laced deerskin boots.

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  • It hurt to pull his arm from redbird's grip, as if he was stripping his own skin from his arm.

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  • "But it is true, redbird, you have done nothing," Wolf Paw said more softly.

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  • redbird flew to the woods, but Blackbird went over the lake to live.

  • "You saved his life," Sun Woman said, so softly only redbird could hear the words.

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  • All morning long women walked past redbird's wickiup, looking curiously at the man who sat there motionless.

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Word Origin and History for redbird

mid-13c., a name for sundry red or partly red birds, including the common bullfinch and the scarlet tanager, but in U.S. especially the cardinal, from red (adj.1) + bird (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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