redbreast

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From Middle English redbreste, equivalent to red +‎ breast.

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redbreast (plural redbreasts)

  1. Any of several unrelated birds that have a red breast
    1. An 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.
    2. An American robin, Turdus migratorius.

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