Definition of redwing in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈredwiNG/


1A small migratory thrush that breeds mainly in northern Europe, with red underwings showing in flight.
  • Turdus iliacus, subfamily Turdinae, family Muscicapidae.
Example sentences
  • The list was impressive and included robins, starlings, a goldfinch, blackbirds, redwings, chaffinches, wood pigeons and black-headed gulls.
  • A combination of prominent creamy-white eyestripe and rusty-red flanks and underwings makes the redwing unmistakable.
  • The redwing, fieldfare and blackbirds are all involved in serious territorial swoops between trees.
2Any of a number of other red-winged birds, especially the American red-winged blackbird. See blackbird (sense 2).
Example sentences
  • The whole backyard gang composed of those mentioned above, plus house finches, chickadees, goldfinches, titmice, grackles, redwings, and blue jays start around 5 pm with their bedtime snacks.
  • I'll go down to the ditch later while she's napping and continue to play hide and seek with the redwing and other birds through my camera lens on this, the first day of the third year of our new lives.
  • I just had a flock of thirty redwings land in my frozen backyard.

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Syllabification: red·wing

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