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blackbird

noun

  1. (New World oriole)  any bird of the family Icteridae whose male is black or predominantly black
    Synonyms: New World blackbird. Type of: New World oriole
  2. (thrush)  a common black European thrush
    Synonyms: Turdus merula [species], European blackbird, merl, merle, ousel, ouzel, T. merula...

Etymology summary

"black" + "bird" (1).
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Britannica Encyclopedia:

blackbird | bird [abbreviation] | Turdus merula [species] | Agelaius phoeniceus [species] | Euphagus carolinus [species]

in the New World, any of several species belonging to the family Icteridae; also, an Old World thrush. The Old World blackbird is 25 cm long; males ... (27 of 156 words, 5 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/68433​/blackbird

Wiktionary:

blackbird | blackbirds [plural] | common blackbird [synonym, sense-specific] | Turdus merula [synonym, sense-specific] | Eurasian blackbird [synonym, sense-specific] | merle [merl, synonym, sense-specific]

A (common) true thrush found in woods and gardens over much of Eurasia, and introduced elsewhere. | A variety of New World birds of the family Icteridae (26 species of icterid bird). (31 of 41 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/blackbird

New World Dictionary:

blackbird | Turdus merula [species, sense-specific]

any of various passerine birds (family Icteridae) of the New World, the ... | a common European thrush (17 of 33 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation, 1 image)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/blackbird

Wikipedia:

Blackbird [disambiguation] | blackbirds | black bird | black birds

may refer to: Old World Blackbirds, species belonging to the genus Turdus: Common Blackbird or Blackbird (Turdus merula) | Grey-winged Blackbird (Turdus boulboul) | White-collared Blackbird (Turdus albocinctus) | New World blackbird, 26 species of... (32 of 729 words, 62 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Blackbird

Collins Dictionary:

blackbird | Turdus merula [species, sense-specific]

a common European thrushin which the male has a black plumage and yellow bill and the female is brown | any of various American orioles having a dark ... (27 of 509 words, 4 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/blackbird

Columbia Encyclopedia:

blackbird

common name in North America of a perching bird allied to the bobolink, the meadow lark, the oriole, and the grackle and belonging to the family ... (26 of 248 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0807751​.html

Oxford Dictionary:

blackbird | American blackbird | merle [Scottish, archaic] | Agelaius phoeniceus [species, sense-specific]

an Old World thrush with mainly black plumage.; Genus Turdus, family ... | a New World songbird with a strong pointed bill. The male has black plumage ... (26 of 113 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/blackbird

Random House Dictionary:

blackbird | Turdus merula [species, sense-specific]

a common European thrush the male of which is black with a yellow bill. | any of several American birds of the family Icteridae, having black plumage. ... (26 of 89 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/blackbird

American Heritage Dictionary:

blackbird | blackbirded [past tense] | blackbirding [present participle] | blackbirds [3rd-person singular present] | merle [sense-specific] | Turdus merula [species, sense-specific]

Any of various New World birds of the family Icteridae, such as the grackle ... | An Old World songbird, the male of which is black with a yellow ... (28 of 79 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/blackbird

Merriam-Webster:

blackbird [entry 1, noun] | merle [noun, sense-specific] | Turdus merula [species, sense-specific]

any of various birds of which the males are largely or entirely black: as ; ... | a Pacific islander kidnapped for use as a plantation laborer (26 of 78 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/blackbird

blackbird [entry 2, verb]

to engage in the slave trade especially in the South Pacific (11 of 24 words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/blackbird show=1

Macmillan British Dictionary:

blackbird [countable] | blackbirds [plural]

a type of bird common in Europe and North America. The male is black with an orange beak. (18 of 43 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/blackbird

Cambridge Dictionary:

blackbird

a European bird with black feathers and a bright yellow beak in the male and brown feathers in the female (20 of 25 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/blackbird

Encarta Dictionary:

blackbird | blackbirds [plural]

a bird with black feathers showing a metallic sheen or bold patterns of yellow, orange, or red. Native to: North America. Family Icteridae. | a common ... (25 of 75 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861590921​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

blackbird

First use: late 15th century

Origin: "black" + "bird" (1).

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=blackbird

Wiktionary:

blackbird | blackbirds [plural]

Origin: black + bird.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/blackbird

black | blacks [plural] | blacked [past tense] | blacking [present participle]

Origin: Middle English black, blak, blake, from Old English blæc ("black, dark", also "ink"), from Proto-Germanic *blakaz, *blakkaz ("burnt") (compare Dutch blaken 'to burn', Old High German blah ... (27 of 63 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/black

bird | birds [plural] | birded [past tense] | birding [present participle]

Origin: Middle English, from Old English bird, brid, bridd ("young bird, chick"), of uncertain origin and relation. | Originally Cockney rhyming slang, shortened from bird-lime for "time" | Dated in the mid‐18th Century;... (30 of 52 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/bird

Audio references

Wiktionary:

blackbird | blackbirds [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "blackbird"

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Collins Dictionary:

blackbird

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "blackbird"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/blackbird

Macmillan British Dictionary:

blackbird [countable] | blackbirds [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "blackbird"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/blackbird

Macmillan American Dictionary:

blackbird [countable] | blackbirds [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "blackbird"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/blackbird

Cambridge Dictionary:

blackbird

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "blackbird"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "blackbird"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/blackbird

Britannica Encyclopedia:

blackbird

Audio: Red-winged blackbird singing. [Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service]

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/media​/96171​/

the Free Dictionary:

blackbird

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "blackbird"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "blackbird"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "blackbird" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/blackbird

Google Dictionary:

blackbird | blackbirds [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "blackbird"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=blackbird

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

blackbird

Audio: North American pronunciation of "blackbird"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=blackb​03 word=blackbird

YourDictionary Audio:

blackbird

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "blackbird" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/blackbird

freedictionary.org:

blackbird

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "blackbird" by speech synthesizer

freedictionary​.org​/ Query=blackbird

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