Definition of verdin in English:


Pronunciation /ˈvərdn/


  • A small songbird with a gray body and yellowish head, found in the semi-deserts of southwestern North America.

    Auriparus flaviceps, family Remizidae

    ‘It was the head of a verdin, an extreme southwestern species that hops around in the trees, searching for insects to eat.’
    • ‘Hummingbirds and verdins sip nectar from flowers in late spring and summer; several birds and rodents eat the seeds in late summer and fall.’
    • ‘The verdins have been doing their best to hover at the feeding holes.’


Late 19th century from French, literally ‘yellowhammer’.