Definition of rock wren in English:

rock wren

noun

  • 1A wren, Salpinctes obsoletus (family Troglodytidae), with pale underparts, found in western North America and in Central America.

  • 2A New Zealand wren, Xenicus gilviventris (family Acanthisittidae or Xenicidae), with a very short tail, of alpine and subalpine areas of South Island.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John James Audubon (1785–1851), naturalist and artist.