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redstart

[red-stahrt] /ˈrɛdˌstɑrt/
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
1560-1570
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/
noun
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
Word Origin
Old English rēadred1 + steort tail; compare German Rotsterz
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Word Origin and History for redstart
n.

type of bird, 1560s, from red (adj.1) + start "tail," from Old English steort. Cf. German Rotsterz.

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