Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An American migratory songbird, Dolichonyx oryzivorus resembling a blackbird with the bill of a finch

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An American singing bird (Dolichonyx oryzivorus). The male is black and white; the female is brown; -- called also, ricebird, reedbird, and Boblincoln.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. migratory American songbird

Etymologies

Imitative of its song.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • Merrily swinging on brier and weed,
    Near to the nest of his little dame,
    Over the mountainside or mead,
    Robert of Lincoln is telling his name:
    Bob-o'link, bob-o'-link,
    Spink, spank, spink;
    Snug and safe is that nest of ours,
    Hidden among the summer flowers.
    Chee, chee, chee.

    - William Cullen Bryant, 'Robert of Lincoln'.

    November 17, 2008

  • Citation on donga.

    July 30, 2008

  • See skunk blackbird.

    March 31, 2008