jenny wren

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jenny wren (plural jenny wrens)

  1. (UK) The wren, Troglodytes troglodytes, especially as considered (in nursery-rhymes etc.) as the wife or sweetheart of robin redbreast.
    • 1955, Robin Jenkins, The Cone-Gatherers, Canongate 2012, p. 75:
      There would have been no one to superintend him, except a squirrel perhaps or a jenny wren, at which he might have winked.