- [Zoöl] Any one of numerous species of small singing birds belonging to Troglodytes and numerous allied of the family Troglodytidæ.
- [Zoöl] Any one of numerous species of small singing birds more or less resembling the true wrens in size and habits.
Note: ☞ Among the species best known are the house wren (Troglodytes aëdon) common in both Europe and America, and the American winter wren (Troglodytes hiemalis). See also Cactus wren Marsh wren, and Rock wren, under Cactus Marsh, and Rock.
Note: ☞ Among these are several species of European warblers; as, the reed wren (see Reed warbler, under Reed), the sedge wren (see Sedge warbler, under Sedge), the willow wren (see Willow warbler, under Willow), the golden-crested wren, and the ruby-crowned wren (see Kinglet).
Etymology: OE. wrenne, AS. wrenna wrænna, perhaps akin to wrǣne lascivious