One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John James Audubon (1785–1851), naturalist and artist.
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