Definition of oropendola in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɒrəˈpɛndələ/


A large gregarious tropical American bird of the American blackbird family, which has brown or black plumage with yellow outer tail feathers, and constructs a pendulous nest.
  • Genus Psarocolius, family Icteridae: several species
Example sentences
  • According to Ridgely and Tudor, it is more likely to be mistaken for a cacique than an oropendola in the field.
  • In one spot deep within the gorge, the pendulous nests of green oropendolas adorn the outer branches of a tall tree growing on one of the river's small islands.
  • We obtained samples from 25 oropendola individuals for our study, chosen to represent variation within and between 8 of the 11 species of oropendola recognized by Sibley and Monroe.


Late 19th century: from Spanish, literally 'golden oriole'.

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