Redstart
Redstart Red"start` (-st?rt`), n. [Red + start tail.] (Zo["o]l.) (a) A small, handsome European singing bird ({Phoenicurus phoenicurus}, formerly {Ruticilla phoenicurus}), allied to the nightingale; -- called also {redtail}, {brantail}, {fireflirt}, {firetail}. The black redstart is {Phoenicurus ochruros} (formerly {Phoenicurus tithys}), and is now rare and protected by law in England. The name is also applied to several other species of {Ruticilla} and allied genera, native of India. (b) An American fly-catching warbler ({Setophaga ruticilla}). The male is black, with large patches of orange-red on the sides, wings, and tail. The female is olive, with yellow patches. [1913 Webster +PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • redstart — [red′stärt΄] n. [ RED + obs. start < ME stert, tail < OE steort: see STARK NAKED ] ☆ 1. any of various wood warblers; esp. the American redstart ( Setophaga ruticilla), the male of which is black and orange above and white below 2. any of a …   English World dictionary

  • Redstart — Taxobox name = Redstarts image width = 240px image caption = Common Redstart, Phoenicurus phoenicurus regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Passeriformes familia = Muscicapidae subdivision ranks = Genera and species… …   Wikipedia

  • redstart — /red stahrt /, n. 1. any of several small, Old World thrushes, usually with reddish brown tails, esp. Phoenicurus phoenicurus (European redstart). 2. any of several fly catching, New World warblers, esp. Setophaga ruticilla (American redstart),… …   Universalium

  • redstart — /ˈrɛdstat/ (say redstaht) noun 1. any of various birds native to Asia and Europe, of the genus Phoenicurus, family Muscicapidae, the males of which have a reddish brown tail, especially the common redstart, P. Phoenicurus, of western Eurasia and… …   Australian English dictionary

  • redstart — raudonuodeginiai parulidai statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Myioborus angl. redstart rus. горихвостковый певун, m pranc. paruline, f ryšiai: platesnis terminas – parulidiniai siauresnis terminas – akiniuotasis… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • redstart — tikrosios raudonuodegės statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Phoenicurus angl. redstart vok. Rotschwanz, m rus. горихвостка, f; настоящая горихвостка, f pranc. rouge queue, m ryšiai: platesnis terminas – kiauliukės siauresnis… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • redstart — noun Etymology: red + obsolete start handle, tail Date: circa 1570 1. a small Old World songbird (Phoenicurus phoenicurus of the family Turdidae) with the male having a white brow, black throat, and chestnut breast and tail 2. an American warbler …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • redstart — noun Any of various insectivorous ground feeding birds, mainly of the genus Phoenicurus. Many of the species have a red tail …   Wiktionary

  • redstart — noun 1》 a small songbird of the thrush family with a reddish tail. [Phoenicurus phoenicurus and other species.] 2》 an American warbler with red or orange markings. [Setophaga ruticilla and other species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • redstart — red•start [[t]ˈrɛdˌstɑrt[/t]] n. 1) orn any of several New World wood warblers that habitually fan their tails, esp. Setophaga ruticilla, the male of which is mostly black with orange wing and tail patches 2) orn any of several small Eurasian… …   From formal English to slang

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