Definition of grackle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡrakəl/


1A songbird of the American blackbird family, the male of which has shiny black plumage with a blue-green sheen.
  • Several genera and species, family Icteridae, in particular the common grackle (Quiscalus quiscula).
Example sentences
  • In this study, we focused on a group of birds within the family Icteridae termed the grackles and allies.
  • Instead of our winter visitors that left us for more northern areas, we now have grackles, red-wings and cowbirds.
  • The common birds included grackles, blackbirds, catbirds, and lots and lots of robins.
2Another term for an Asian mynah or starling, with mainly black plumage.
  • Gracula and other genera, family Sturnidae; southern grackle is another term for grackle (see mynah).
Example sentences
  • I heard a distant flock of blackbirds gathering for the night - starlings and grackles, perhaps.


Late 18th century: from modern Latin Gracula, from Latin graculus 'jackdaw'.

Words that rhyme with grackle

cackle, crackle, hackle, jackal, mackle, shackle

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Syllabification: grack·le

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