from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An American oriole of the family Icteridæ and subfamily Icterinæ: so called from its pensile purse-like nest.
  • noun Some other bird which builds a hanging nest.

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

  • noun (Zoöl.) The Baltimore oriole (Icterus galbula); -- so called because its nest is suspended from the limb of a tree. See Baltimore oriole.

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

  • noun zoology The Baltimore oriole (Icterus galbula), whose nest is suspended from the limb of a tree.

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  • noun eastern subspecies of northern oriole


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  • Obsolete nickname for the Northern Oriole, so called because so called because its nest is a woven pendant bag of plant fibers, bark, and string suspended from the tip of a branch.

    December 7, 2007

  • I know which wordgame these birds like to play ;-)

    December 8, 2007