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starling1

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Pronunciation: /ˈstɑːlɪŋ
 
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noun

A gregarious Old World songbird with a straight bill, typically with dark lustrous or iridescent plumage but sometimes brightly coloured.
Example sentences
  • Blackbirds, starlings, green finches, great tits, robins, collared doves and dunnocks are all included in Cumbria's top ten.
  • Furthermore, in bluethroats, European starlings, and blue tits female choice for males with greater UV reflectance appears to favor structural plumage traits.
  • Pigeons are predominant, but, as you explore, you see sparrows and bluebirds and flickers and blue jays and wrens and kestrels and starlings and robins.

Origin

Old English stærlinc, from stær 'starling' (of Germanic origin) + -ling.

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There are 2 main definitions of starling in English:

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starling2

Line breaks: star|ling
Pronunciation: /ˈstɑːlɪŋ
 
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noun

A wooden pile erected with others around or just upstream of a bridge or pier to protect it from the current or floating objects.
Example sentences
  • The starling is that portion of the pier which faces the direction of the stream, and acts like the cutwater of a ship.

Origin

late 17th century: perhaps a corruption of dialect staddling 'staddle'.

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