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European blackbird

Definition:

a common black European thrush

Class:

animal noun (animals and microorganisms)

Plural:

European blackbirds

Type of:

thrush » oscine bird » passerine » bird

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

Turdus merula [species] | blackbird | merl | merle | ousel | ouzel | T. merula [abbreviation, species] | wosel [outdated]

Etymology:

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

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Common Blackbird | Eurasian Blackbird | Blackbird | Turdus merula [species]

a species of true thrush. It's also called Eurasian Blackbird, or simply Blackbird, where this does not lead to confusion with a similar-looking local species. It breeds in Europe, Asia, and North Africa, and has been introduced to Australia and New ... (41 of 5969 words, 15 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Common Blackbird

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

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

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

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

merle | merl

Syllabification: (merle) | [Scottish, archaic] | a blackbird. (6 of 37 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/merle

Random House Dictionary:

merle | Merle | merl [sense-specific] | Turdus merula [species, sense-specific] | Merle: a male or female given name [species, sense-specific]

[Scottish] : the blackbird. | "merle" : a bluish gray color mottled with black. | being the color merle. | "Merle" : a male or female given name (25 of 38 words, 4 definitions, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/merle

Wiktionary:

merle | merles [plural] | merls [plural]

The European blackbird Turdus merula; any blackbird. | A type of mottled colouration on dogs. (14 of 27 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/merle

New World Dictionary:

merl [archaic] | Turdus merula [species]

the European black thrush (4 of 29 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/merl

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

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:

merle [archaic, literary, definition 2] | merles [plural] | merl: merls [plural] | merls [plural] | merl

blackbird (1 of 32 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861629381​/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"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/blackbird

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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