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Meaning of WREN

Pronunciation:  ren, ren

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  and of several small active brown birds of the northern hemisphere with short upright tails; they feed on insects
  2. [n]  English architect who designed more than fifty London churches (1632-1723)

WREN is a 4 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: jenny wren, Sir Christopher Wren
 See Also: architect, cactus wren, Carolina wren, designer, family Troglodytidae, house wren, marsh wren, passeriform bird, passerine, rock wren, Salpinctes obsoletus, Thryothorus ludovicianus, Troglodytes aedon, Troglodytes troglodytes, Troglodytidae, winter wren



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Wren\ (r[e^]n), n. [OE. wrenne, AS. wrenna, wr[ae]nna,
perhaps akin to wr[=ae]ne lascivious.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small singing
   birds belonging to {Troglodytes} and numerous allied of
   the family {Troglodytid[ae]}.

Note: Among the species best known are the house wren
      ({Troglodytes a["e]don}) common in both Europe and
      America, and the American winter wren ({T. hiemalis}).
      See also {Cactus wren}, {Marsh wren}, and {Rock wren},
      under {Cactus}, {Marsh}, and {Rock}.

2. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small singing
   birds more or less resembling the true wrens in size and

Note: Among these are several species of European warblers;
      as, the reed wren (see {Reed warbler}
   (a), under {Reed}), the sedge wren (see {Sedge warbler},
       under {Sedge}), the willow wren (see {Willow warbler},
       under {Willow}), the golden-crested wren, and the
       ruby-crowned wren (see {Kinglet}).

{Ant wren}, any one of numerous South American birds of the
   family {Formicarid[ae]}, allied to the ant thrushes.

{Blue wren}, a small Australian singing bird ({Malurus
   cyaneus}), the male of which in the breeding season is
   bright blue. Called also {superb warbler}.

{Emu wren}. See in the Vocabulary.

{Wren babbler}, any one of numerous species of small timaline
   birds belonging to {Alcippe}, {Stachyris}, {Timalia}, and
   several allied genera. These birds are common in Southern
   Asia and the East Indies.

{Wren tit}. See {Ground wren}, under {Ground}.

{Wren warbler}, any one of several species of small Asiatic
   and African singing birds belonging to {Prinia} and allied
   genera. These birds are closely allied to the tailor
   birds, and build their nests in a similar manner. See also