from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun 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.
- noun A Eurasian and African songbird (Turdus merula), the male of which is black with a yellow bill.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The English name of a species of thrush, Merula merula, Turdus merula, or Merula vulgaris, common throughout Europe.
- noun In America, a bird of the family Icteridæ (which see).
- noun In the West Indies, the ani, Crotophaga ani, of the family Cuculidæ, or cuckoos; the savanna-blackbird. See cut under
- noun A cant term on the coast of Africa for a slave.
- noun A native of the islands of Torres Strait.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Zoöl.) 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.
- noun Cant, pejorative Among slavers and pirates, a negro or Polynesian.
- noun Australia, pejorative A native of any of the islands near Queensland; -- called also
- intransitive verb colloq. to engage in the slave trade.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A (common) true
thrush, Turdus merula, found in woods and gardens over much of Eurasia, and introduced elsewhere.
- noun A variety of
New Worldbirds of the family Icteridae(26 speciesof icteridbird).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun common black European thrush
- noun any bird of the family Icteridae whose male is black or predominantly black
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The blackbird was the first to take the alarm from the jay, and away he flew, crying, "Kink, kink, kink," as he started from his nest in a great ivy tod on an old pollard-tree.
It was the edge of a piece of woods, and a blackbird was again heard saluting them.
She is a fair sinner, and the blackbird is a demon volatile, who, having lighted on her shoulder, snaps her by the nose to get her soul.
He suggests that the birds may have in fact been poisoned, arguing that it was a strange coincidence that the mass deaths involved the red-wing blackbird, which is considered an
He may truly be called a blackbird: independent of his plumage, his beak, inside and out, his legs, his toes and claws are jet black.
BackstoryKosovo? or Kosova to ethnic Albanians? comes from the word "blackbird" relating to Kosova Polje, "the field of blackbirds", the battlefield where Prince Lazar was defeated by the Ottoman army in 1389.
In the course of her delirium she thought that a "blackbird" had flown to her, touched her left wrist and taken away all her vitality.
"There," he concluded, "ain't there something of the 'blackbird's tune and the beanflower's boon' in that?"
There is another kind of blackbird, smaller than the former, and speckled very much like a starling.