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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several blackbirds of the family Icteridae found throughout the Americas, especially those of the genus Quiscalus, having iridescent blackish plumage.
  • noun Any of several Asian mynas of the genus Gracula.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In angling, the name of an artificial fly used in bass-fishing.
  • noun Some or any bird of the genus Gracula, or of one of the synonymous genera, of the old world.
  • noun An American icterine passerine bird of the family Icteridæ and chiefly of the subfamily Quiscalinæ: as, the purple grackle, or crowblackbird, Quiscalus purpureus (see cut under crow-blackbird); the boat-tailed or Texas grackle, Q. major; the rusty grackle, Scolecophagus ferrugineus.
  • noun Also spelled grakle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One of several American blackbirds, of the family Icteridæ; as, the rusty grackle (Scolecophagus Carolinus); the boat-tailed grackle (see Boat-tail); the purple grackle (Quiscalus quiscula, or Q. versicolor). See Crow blackbird, under crow.
  • noun An Asiatic bird of the genus Gracula. See myna.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of several American blackbirds of the genus Quiscalus having iridescent plumage
  • noun Any of several Asian myna birds of the genus Gracula

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

  • noun glossy black Asiatic starling often taught to mimic speech
  • noun long-tailed American blackbird having iridescent black plumage

Etymologies

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

[New Latin Grācula, genus name, from Latin grāculus, jackdaw; see gerə- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From gracule, from New Latin Gracula, from Latin graculus ("jackdaw")

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