American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An American migratory songbird (Dolichonyx oryzivorus), the male of which has black, white, and yellowish plumage. Also called reedbird; also called regionally maybird, ricebird.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An American oscine passerine bird, of the family Icteridæ and subfamily Agelœinæ, the Dolichonyx oryzivorus, named from its hearty voluble song in spring. The male is about 7½ inches long, black, with a buff nape, and much white or pale ash on the back and wings; the tail-feathers are very acute. The female is smaller, yellowish, darker above, and streaked. The male wears the black livery only in the breeding season, and is only then in song. He molts in midsummer or in August, acquiring a plumage like that of the female. Both sexes are then known as reed-birds in the Middle States, as rice-birds in the Southern States, and as butter-birds in Jamaica. In the spring the male acquires his black and buff suit without molting any feathers: whence the correct popular notion, based, however, on erroneous premises, that the reed-birds turn into bobolinks in the spring. The bird is abundant in most of the United States, and is a regular migrant, breeding on the ground in meadows in the Northern States and Canada. In the fall, when fat and flocking in the marshes to feed upon wild oats (Zizania), it is much esteemed for the table. Also called
bob-lincoln, facetiously Robert of Lincoln (see bob-lincoln), skunk-blackbird, from its coloring, which resembles that of the skunk, and meadowink.
- n. An American migratory songbird, Dolichonyx oryzivorus resembling a blackbird with the bill of a finch
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) An American singing bird (Dolichonyx oryzivorus). The male is black and white; the female is brown; -- called also,
ricebird, reedbird, and Boblincoln.
- n. migratory American songbird
- Imitative of its song. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The bobolink is a songbird, and so it provides the music.”
“Abdominales_, and _Malacopterygii Subbrachiati_; and the common and beautiful bird called bobolink is _Dolichonyx Orixyvora_.”
“Names of objects like "bobolink" and "raven" may affect us emotionally by the quality of their tone.”
“I expect she knows about every yellow-bird's nest an 'blue jay's an' bobolink's an 'meadowlark's that there 's ben round here these five years, an' how they 's goin 'to set an' hatch without her 's best known to 'emselves, I s'pose.”
“Blue-coated, flying before from tree to tree; "but April's bird with me is the robin, brisk, vociferous, musical, dotting every field, and larking it in every grove; he is as easily atop at this season as the bobolink is a month or two later.”
“I keep it staying at home with a bobolink for a chorister and an orchard for a dome.”
“I keep it, staying at home with a bobolink for a chorister and an orchard for a dome.”
“It was quiet in Small Joy, except for the crazy pinging call of a bobolink and the faint, far-off sound of a rooster.”
“With a bobolink [a type of blackbird] for a chorister [singer in the choir],”
“Brown put it in his 1971 biography, "to sing of native birds like the brown thrasher and bobolink rather than the skylark and nightingale, of the spicebush or the late-blooming fringed gentian rather than Britain's gorse or primrose.”
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birds with singular names from
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Birds endemic to the United States and/or North America.
words that evoke magic, mystery, mayhem, magnificence or anything else that glimmers in the grass
These chromonyms are defined as colors in at least one dictionary (mostly MW3). (Actually there's one fake, for reasons I'll explain someday.) They are all one-word nouns such as "kelly", which can...
Hopefully, I'll be using this site for more than one year. It will be fun then to look back and see what new words I found worthy of notice in any given year.
All words spotted in 2008...
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