from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A hymenopterous insect of the family Chrysididæ, such as the ruby-tailed fly, Chrysis ignita.
  • noun The redstart or redtail, Ruticilla phœnicura, a bird. Also fire-flirt.
  • noun An Australian name of two small weaver-birds, Ægintha temporalis, and Zonæginthus bellus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.), prov. Eng. The European redstart; -- called also fireflirt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any Australian finch of the genus Stagonopleura.
  • noun UK, dialect The European redstart.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

fire +‎ tail


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  • Do these fly really fast? I'm hoping so :-)

    September 25, 2008

  • They should--they look like their little butts are on fire. ;-)

    September 25, 2008