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bobolink

Syllabification: bob·o·link
Pronunciation: /ˈbäbəˌliNGk
 
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Definition of bobolink in English:

noun

A North American songbird of the American blackbird family, with a finchlike bill. The male has black, buff, and white plumage.
  • Dolichonyx oryzivorus, family Icteridae
Example sentences
  • In breeding plumage, male bobolinks are mostly black, with a buff nape, white shoulder patches, and a white rump.
  • Redbirds, bluebirds, robins, bobolinks, scarlet tanagers, Kentucky warblers, and orchard orioles strut and sing like the cast of a turn-of-the-century revue.
  • Grasslands and prairies support a number of polygynous species as well, including meadowlarks, bobolinks, dickcissels, lark buntings, and great-tailed grackles.

Origin

late 18th century (originally Bob o'Lincoln, Bob Lincoln): imitative of its call.

Words that rhyme with bobolink

cufflinkMaeterlinck

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