Definition of bulbul in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbo͝olˌbo͝ol/


A tropical African and Asian songbird that typically has a melodious voice and drab plumage. Many kinds have a crest.
  • Family Pycnonotidae: several genera and numerous species.
Example sentences
  • However, I stray from the purpose of our trip: birds, which were no less alluring than all the scenes mentioned above, with names such as leafbirds, bulbuls, coucals, laughingthrushes, babblers, sunbirds and junglefowl.
  • Of the songbirds, the light-vented bulbul was a symbol of longevity thanks to the white cap on its head, which gave it the appearance of a white-haired old man.
  • Flocks of wintering water birds include the thrush, the kingfisher, the robin, the shama, the barbet, the bee-eater, the flycatcher, the sunbird, the bulbul and the drongo.


Mid 17th century: from Persian, of imitative origin.

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Syllabification: bul·bul

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