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blackbird

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Pronunciation: /ˈblakbəːd
 
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Definition of blackbird in English:

noun

1An Old World thrush with mainly black plumage.
  • Genus Turdus, family Turdidae: four species, in particular T. merula, the male of which has all-black plumage and a yellow bill
Example sentences
  • If no berries remain, having been stripped earlier by blackbirds and mistle thrushes, they perish.
  • The thicker scrub and thickets of elder, hawthorn and bramble, meanwhile, provide ideal cover for nesting robins, wrens, sparrows, dunnocks, blackbirds and thrushes.
  • The ubiquitous starling is one of the most widespread problem species but blackbirds, partridges, robins, sparrows, thrushes, and finches are also common.
2 (also American blackbird) A New World songbird with a strong pointed bill. The male has black plumage that is iridescent or has patches of red or yellow.
  • Family Icteridae (the American blackbird family): several genera and species, including the abundant red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
Example sentences
  • Unlike dowdy, brown females of the species, male blackbirds possess bright yellow-to-orange beaks and shiny black plumage.
  • I pulled over at Schaar's Bluff, turned off my car and just sat and listened, beyond the bluebirds and meadowlarks you could hear tree sparrows and red-winged blackbirds.
  • I went down towards the creek and found a huge flock of robins, grackles and red-winged blackbirds foraging.
3 historical A black or Polynesian captive on a slave ship.
Example sentences
  • Eli Jennings, Sr. was also instrumental in helping Peruvian "blackbird" slave ships depopulate the other three Tokelau atolls

Words that rhyme with blackbird

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