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scarlet tanager

noun
1.
an American tanager, Piranga olivacea, the male of which is bright red with black wings and tail during the breeding season.
Origin of scarlet tanager
1800-1810
1800-10, Americanism
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  • The cardinal was in magnificent plumage, and a scarlet tanager near by was equally handsome.

    Spring notes from Tennessee Bradford Torrey
  • The gorgeous coloring of the scarlet tanager has been its snare and destruction.

    Bird Neighbors Neltje Blanchan
  • He is all red, but otherwise looks like the scarlet tanager, and his habits are about the same.

    The Children's Book of Birds Olive Thorne Miller
  • Of course I thought of our scarlet tanager, which was then just arriving.

  • This was a scarlet tanager, who was much larger than himself.

    The Children's Book of Birds Olive Thorne Miller
  • Now and then a bobolink, an oriole, or a scarlet tanager would be seen.

    The Lure of the Camera Charles S. Olcott
  • They saw yellow warblers flicker away, a king-bird swoop, a scarlet tanager glisten in flight.

    The Job Sinclair Lewis
  • Even if we had found the nest we might have mistaken it for a scarlet tanager's.

    Citizen Bird Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
  • The ornithologist names him the scarlet tanager—tanager being a Brazilian word applied to this class of birds.

  • Not until the morning stars quarrel together will the cat-bird or scarlet tanager herald the spring.

    Wild Life Near Home Dallas Lore Sharp
British Dictionary definitions for scarlet tanager

scarlet tanager

noun
1.
an E North American tanager, Piranga olivacea, the male of which has a bright red head and body with black wings and tail
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