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From Middle English redbreste, equivalent to red +‎ breast.


redbreast (plural redbreasts)

  1. Any of several unrelated birds that have a red breast
    1. A European robin, Erithacus rubecula.
      • 1863, Sheridan Le Fanu, The House by the Churchyard
        There was a pleasant frosty sun glittering through the twigs of the leafless shrubs, and flashing on the ripples and undulations of the Liffey, and the redbreasts and sparrows were picking up the crumbs which the housekeeper had thrown for them outside.
      • 1886, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, H.L. Brækstad, transl., Folk and Fairy Tales, page 281:
        I felt comforted by the song of the redbreast, and I thought I felt less lonely and deserted as long as I heard the merry notes of the thrush.
    2. An American robin, Turdus migratorius.