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

  • n. Any of various birds, such as the Baltimore oriole, having bright scarlet or orange plumage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The scarlet tanager, a species of bird with taxonomic name Piranga olivacea
  • n. The Baltimore oriole, a species of bird with taxonomic name Icterus galbula
  • n. The vermilion flycatcher, a species of bird with taxonomic name Pyrocephalus rubinus

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The Baltimore oriole.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A popular name of the Baltimore oriole, Icterus galbula. See oriole.
  • n. The vermilion flycatcher, Pyrocephalus rubineus. one of the South American fire-crowned flycatchers, represented in the southwestern United States by the subspecies P. rubineus mexicanus.

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

  • n. the male is bright red with black wings and tail
  • n. eastern subspecies of northern oriole
  • n. tropical American flycatcher found as far north as southern Texas and Arizona; adult male has bright scarlet and black plumage


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So-called because of their bright red or orange plumage


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