American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various songbirds of the genus Sturnella of North America, especially S. magna, the eastern meadowlark, and S. neglecta, the western meadowlark, having brownish plumage, a yellow breast, and a black crescent-shaped marking beneath the throat.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A well-known bird of the family Icteridæ, or American starlings; the field-lark, Sturnella magna. The upper parts are mottled gray, brown, and black, the under are bright-yellow with a black horseshoe-shaped mark on the breast. The meadow-lark inhabits most of the United States. It nests on the ground, lays from 4 to 6 white eggs with reddish speckles, and is a sweet songster. The name is inaccurate, the bird having no resemblance to a lark. See cut on preceding page.
- n. The meadow-pipit, Anthus pratensis.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any species of Sturnella, a genus of North American songbirds allied to the starlings. The common species (Sturnella magna) has a yellow breast with a black crescent.
- n. North American songbirds having a yellow breast
- meadow + lark (Wiktionary)
“I told him that the only difference between the eastern and western meadowlark is the song they sing and, otherwise, there was no difference in their plumage.”
“I can only assume that they have all hired little tailors to outfit them in meadowlark costumes to confuse me.”
“The robin, the robin's nest, and the meadowlark are my favorites.”
“Our so-called meadowlark is no lark at all, but a starling, and the titlark and shore lark breed and pass the summer far to the north, and are never heard in song in the United States.”
“Mallards, mergansers and dippers arrived, then black scoters, a pair of northern flickers, a northern harrier and a single western meadowlark.”
“Martin, mallard, and meadowlark paint the sky with their breathing, with soft swipes of wing over blue”
“I once did a painting of a meadowlark sitting on a metal fence in a western setting, and a man came up to me and asked if that was an eastern meadowlark or a western meadowlark.”
“A meadowlark called, apparently the only penitent who deserved an answer today because a moment later came a distant, identical set of falling tones.”
“And what could be better than going to bed and hearing the killdeer calls, the frogs croaking and the crickets serenading you to sleep, or waking in the morning to meadowlark trills and robin chirrups?”
“Thanks for the meadowlark songs, it is rare that we hear them in the city, although we have red wing blackbirds down the street in the creek!”
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