American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various New World birds of the family Icteridae, such as the grackle or red-winged blackbird, the male of which has black or predominantly black plumage.
- n. An Old World songbird (Turdus merula), the male of which is black with a yellow bill. Also called merle1.
- n. Australian A South Sea Islander kidnapped and sold into slavery in Australia; a Kanaka.
- v. Australian To kidnap (a South Sea Islander) and sell into slavery.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The English name of a species of thrush, Merula merula, Turdus merula, or Merula vulgaris, common throughout Europe. It is larger than the common or song thrush; the male is wholly black, except the bill and the orbits of the eyes, which are yellow; the female is dark rusty-brown. The male has a fine, rich, mellow note, but its song has little compass or variety. Also called
- n. In America, a bird of the family Icteridæ (which see). These birds have no relation to the European blackbird, but are nearer the old-world starlings. There are very many species of the family, to several of which, as the bobolink, the oriole, and the meadow-lark, the term blackbird is not specifically applied. The leading species are the several crow-blackbirds, of the genera Quiscalus and Scolecophagus, and the marsh-blackbirds, Agelæus and Xanthocephalus. The common crow-blackbird is Q. purpureus; the common red-winged marsh-blackbird, A.phæniceus; the yellow-headed blackbird, X. icterocephalus. See cut under
- n. In the West Indies, the ani, Crotophaga ani, of the family Cuculidæ, or cuckoos; the savanna-blackbird. See cut under ani.
- n. A cant term on the coast of Africa for a slave.
- n. A native of the islands of Torres Strait.
- n. A (common) true thrush, Turdus merula, found in woods and gardens over much of Eurasia, and introduced elsewhere.
- n. A variety of New World birds of the family Icteridae (26 species of icterid bird).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) In England, a species of thrush (Turdus merula), a singing bird with a fin note; the merle. In America the name is given to several birds, as the Quiscalus versicolor, or crow blackbird; the Agelæus phœniceus, or red-winged blackbird; the cowbird; the rusty grackle, etc. See redwing.
- n. Cant, pejorative Among slavers and pirates, a negro or Polynesian.
- n. Australia, pejorative A native of any of the islands near Queensland; -- called also
- v. colloq. to engage in the slave trade.
- n. common black European thrush
- n. any bird of the family Icteridae whose male is black or predominantly black
- From black + bird. (Wiktionary)
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“The blackbird was the first to take the alarm from the jay, and away he flew, crying, "Kink, kink, kink," as he started from his nest in a great ivy tod on an old pollard-tree.”
“It was the edge of a piece of woods, and a blackbird was again heard saluting them.”
“She is a fair sinner, and the blackbird is a demon volatile, who, having lighted on her shoulder, snaps her by the nose to get her soul.”
“He suggests that the birds may have in fact been poisoned, arguing that it was a strange coincidence that the mass deaths involved the red-wing blackbird, which is considered an”
“He may truly be called a blackbird: independent of his plumage, his beak, inside and out, his legs, his toes and claws are jet black.”
“BackstoryKosovo? or Kosova to ethnic Albanians? comes from the word "blackbird" relating to Kosova Polje, "the field of blackbirds", the battlefield where Prince Lazar was defeated by the Ottoman army in 1389.”
“In the course of her delirium she thought that a "blackbird" had flown to her, touched her left wrist and taken away all her vitality.”
“There," he concluded, "ain't there something of the 'blackbird's tune and the beanflower's boon' in that?”
“There is another kind of blackbird, smaller than the former, and speckled very much like a starling.”
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