Definition of ouzel in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈuːz(ə)l/
(also ousel)


A bird that resembles the blackbird, especially the ring ouzel. See also water ouzel.
Example sentences
  • We had to climb a very steep hill to reach the realm of the ouzel, a black bird with a white ring around its neck that was sitting out on a bare limb of a tree.
  • Usually early migrants, the first ouzel's song echoes round the hills and the first birds fall prey to merlins and peregrines.


Old English ōsle 'blackbird', of Germanic origin; related to German Amsel 'blackbird'.

Words that rhyme with ouzel

accusal, bamboozle, foozle, perusal, refusal

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