American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See bobolink.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The bobolink, Dclichonyx oryzivorus: so called in the late summer and early fall months, when the male has exchanged his black-and-buff dress for a plain yellowish streaked plumage like that of the female, and when it throngs the marshes in great flocks, becomes very fat, and is highly esteemed for the table. The name reed-bird obtains chiefly in the Middle States, where the birds haunt the fields of water oats or wild rice (Zizania aquatica); further south, where it similarly throngs the rice-fields, it is called
rice-bird. It is known as butter-bird in the West Indies, and is also called ortolan. See bobolink, Dolichonyx, ortolan.
- n. A reed-warbler.
- n. The bobolink.
- n. One of several small Asiatic songbirds of the genera Schoenicola and Eurycercus.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The bobolink.
- n. (Zoöl.) One of several small Asiatic singing birds of the genera Schœnicola and Eurycercus; -- called also
reed babbler. See Rietboc.
- n. migratory American songbird
- n. small European warbler that breeds among reeds and wedges and winters in Africa
- reed + bird (Wiktionary)
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