American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various Old World passerine birds of the family Oriolidae, of which the males are characteristically black and bright yellow or orange.
- n. Any of various similar New World birds of the family Icteridae.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bird of Europe, Oriolus galbula, so called from its rich yellow color massed with black; also, any bird of the family Oriolidœ. The common Indian oriole is O, kundoo, and many similar birds are found in the Oriental, Ethiopian, and Australian regions.
- n. Any American hangnest of the family Icteridœ and subfamily lcterinœ, as the Baltimore oriole and orchard-oriole. These birds belong to an entirely different family from orioles properly so called, and indeed to a different series of passerine birds, and they are exclusively American. They are sometimes distinguished as American orioles. The species are numerous, mostly of beautiful yellow or orange and black coloration. See
- n. Any of various colourful passerine birds, the New World orioles from the family Icteridae and the Old World orioles from the family Oriolidae.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Any one of various species of Old World singing birds of the family
Oriolidæ. They are usually conspicuously colored with yellow and black. The European or golden oriole (Oriolus galbula, or Oriolus oriolus) has a very musical flutelike note.
- n. In America, any one of several species of the genus Icterus, belonging to the family
Icteridæ. See Baltimore oriole, and Orchard oriole, under orchard.
- n. mostly tropical songbird; the male is usually bright orange and black
- n. American songbird; male is black and orange or yellow
- From French oriole, from Old French, from Late Latin oriolus, from Latin aureolus. (Wiktionary)
- Obsolete French oriol, from Old French, from Latin aureolus, diminutive of aureus, golden, from aurum, gold. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Hang pieces of colored yarn near the place where the oriole is building its nest, and the bird seizes upon them eagerly and weaves them into the structure, not mindful at all of the obvious incongruity.”
“Mr. Wilson says the Baltimore oriole is not found in the pine countries, and yet they are common birds here – regular members of our summer flock; and we have remarked they are very often seen and heard among the pines of the churchyard; it is quite a favorite haunt of theirs.”
“The pensile nest of the oriole is more striking and peculiar, as well as much more neat than any other.”
“These are sometimes very troublesome at the time of ripening, and especially the oriole is a "hard customer," as he will generally dip his bill into every berry; often ruining a fine bunch, or a number of them, in a short time.”
“The oriole is a timid bird and is glad to rear up its family under the aegis of so doughty a warrior as the Black Prince of the Birds.”
“That was a happy thought of Tom's to call the oriole Orestes, which means dweller in the woods, but thanks to Hervey the name became corrupted in camp talk, and the nickname of Asbestos caught the community and became instantly popular.”
“Somebody in a book called the oriole Orestes, because that means dweller in the woods," Tom ventured.”
“Besides all this, the oriole is a neighborly little body; and that helps her.”
“Baltimore won for the first The oriole is the easiest to hear, but in the background is the wood thrush.”
“The oriole is the easiest to hear, but in the background is the wood thrush.”
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