from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
- transitive v. Australian To kidnap (a South Sea Islander) and sell into slavery.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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. Among slavers and pirates, a negro or Polynesian.
- n. A native of any of the islands near Queensland; -- called also Kanaka.
- intransitive v. to engage in the slave trade.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The English name of a species of thrush, Merula merula, Turdus merula, or Merula vulgaris, common throughout Europe.
- n. In America, a bird of the family Icteridæ (which see).
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. common black European thrush
- n. any bird of the family Icteridae whose male is black or predominantly black
From black + bird. (Wiktionary)