(Red"wing`) n. (Zoöl.) A European thrush Its under wing coverts are orange red. Called also
redwinged thrush. (b) A North American passerine bird (Agelarius phniceus) of the family Icteridæ. The
male is black, with a conspicuous patch of bright red, bordered with orange, on each wing. Called also
redwinged blackbird, red-winged troupial, marsh blackbird, and swamp blackbird.
(Red"withe`) n. (Bot.) A west Indian climbing shrub (Combretum Jacquini) with slender reddish
(Red"wood`) n. (Bot.) (a) A gigantic coniferous tree (Sequoia sempervirens) of California,
and its light and durable reddish timber. See Sequoia. (b) An East Indian dyewood, obtained from
Pterocarpus santalinus, Cæsalpinia Sappan, and several other trees.
The redwood of Andaman is Pterocarpus dalbergioides; that of some parts of tropical America, several
species of Erythoxylum; that of Brazil, the species of Humirium.
(Ree) n. [Pg. real, pl. reis. See Real the money.] See Rei.
(Ree), v. t. [Cf. Prov. G. räden, raden, raiten. Cf. Riddle a sieve.] To riddle; to sift; to separate
or throw off. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] Mortimer.
(Ree"bok`) n. [D., literally, roebuck.] (Zoöl.) The peele. [Written also rehboc and rheeboc.]
(Re*ëch"o) v. t. To echo back; to reverberate again; as, the hills reëcho the roar of cannon.
(Re*ëch"o), v. i. To give echoes; to return back, or be reverberated, as an echo; to resound; to be
And a loud groan reëchoes from the main.Pope.
(Re*ëch"o), n. The echo of an echo; a repeated or second echo.
(Reech"y) a. [See Reeky.] Smoky; reeky; hence, begrimed with dirt. [Obs.]
(Reed) a. Red. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Reed), v. & n. Same as Rede. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Reed), n. The fourth stomach of a ruminant; rennet. [Prov. Eng. or Scot.]
(Reed), n. [AS. hreód; akin to D. riet, G. riet, ried, OHG. kriot, riot.]
1. (Bot.) A name given to many tall and coarse grasses or grasslike plants, and their slender, often
jointed, stems, such as the various kinds of bamboo, and especially the common reed of Europe and
North America (Phragmites communis).
2. A musical instrument made of the hollow joint of some plant; a rustic or pastoral pipe.
Arcadian pipe, the pastoral reedMilton.
3. An arrow, as made of a reed. Prior.
4. Straw prepared for thatching a roof. [Prov. Eng.]
5. (Mus.) (a) A small piece of cane or wood attached to the mouthpiece of certain instruments, and
set in vibration by the breath. In the clarinet it is a single fiat reed; in the oboe and bassoon it is double,
forming a compressed tube. (b) One of the thin pieces of metal, the vibration of which produce the