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A redhead
A redhead duck


Bahuvrihi compound of red +‎ head.


  • IPA(key): /ˈɹɛdˌhɛd/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛdhɛd


redhead (plural redheads)

  1. A person with red hair.
    Synonyms: ginger, coppertop, bloodnut, Bluey; see also Thesaurus:redhead
    • 2007, Matthew Weiner, “Red in the Face”, in Mad Men, season 1, episode 7, spoken by Roger Sterling:
      I like redheads. Their mouths are like a drop of strawberry jam in a glass of milk.
  2. A North American duck (Aythya americana) highly esteemed as a game bird.
  3. A kind of milkweed (Asclepia curassavica), with red flowers, formerly used in medicine.
  4. Chinese red-headed centipede (Scolopendra subspinipes mutilans)
  5. red-headed bunting (Emberiza bruniceps)
  6. red-headed titi (Callicebus regulus)
  7. red-headed vulture (Sarcogyps calvus)
  8. red-headed woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus)
  9. (film, television, theater) A kind of 800-watt lamp.
    Coordinate term: blonde
    • 2012, Colin Hart, Television Program Making, page 63:
      Most [camera crews] carry two blondes and three redheads or their equivalents. Blondes are 2000 watt lamps traditionally with yellow heads (or shells) used to light fairly large areas — also referred to as 2Ks — and redheads smaller 800 watt lamps traditionally with red shells to light faces.

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