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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

wrenrɛn(n.)

  1. any of various small, active songbirds of the family Troglodytidae, with streaked or spotted brown-gray plumage, a slender bill, and, in many species, elaborate vocal repertoires: found only in the New World with the exception of Troglodytes troglodytes, of North America, Eurasia, and NW Africa.

    Category: Ornithology

  2. any of various similar, unrelated songbirds, as Australasian flycatchers of the subfamily Malurinae and New Zealand birds of the family Acanthisittidae.

    Category: Ornithology

Origin of wren:

bef. 900; ME wrenn(e), OE wrenna, obscurely akin to OHG wrendilo, ON rindill

Wrenrɛn(n.)

  1. Sir Christopher, 1632–1723, English architect.

    Category: Biography

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Wren, Sir Christopher Wren(noun)

    English architect who designed more than fifty London churches (1632-1723)

  2. wren, jenny wren(noun)

    any of several small active brown birds of the northern hemisphere with short upright tails; they feed on insects

Wiktionary

  1. wren(Noun)

    Members of a mainly New World passerine bird family Troglodytidae.

  2. wren(Noun)

    Small bird of similar appearance to a true wren.

  3. Origin: Originally a nickname from wrenne.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wren(noun)

    any one of numerous species of small singing birds belonging to Troglodytes and numerous allied of the family Troglodytidae

  2. Wren(noun)

    any one of numerous species of small singing birds more or less resembling the true wrens in size and habits

Freebase

  1. Wren

    The wrens are mostly small, brownish passerine birds in the mainly New World family Troglodytidae. There are approximately 80 species of true wrens in approximately 20 genera. Only the Eurasian Wren occurs in the Old World, where in Anglophone regions it is commonly known simply as the "wren" as it is the originator of the name. The name wren has been applied to other, unrelated birds, particularly the New Zealand wrens and the Australian wrens. Most wrens are small and rather inconspicuous, except for their loud and often complex songs. Notable exceptions are the relatively large members of the genus Campylorhynchus, which can be quite bold in their behavior. Wrens have short wings that are barred in most species, and they often hold their tails upright. As far as known, wrens are primarily insectivorous, eating insects, spiders, and other small arthropods, but many species also eat vegetable matter and some will take small frogs and lizards.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

wren(noun)

a type of very small bird.

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