from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A water ouzel.
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- n. The (European) blackbird, Turdus merula.
- n. An aquatic perching bird of the genus Cinclus.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as ousel.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The blackbird, Merula merula, Turdus merula, or Merula vulgaris, a kind of thrush. Also called amzel. See cut under blackbird.
- n. Some other thrush or thrush-like bird, as the ring-ouzel, Turdus torquatus or Merula torquata. See cut in next column.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. common black European thrush
Insects now enrich the air, frogs pipe cheerily in the shallows, soon followed by the ouzel, which is the first bird to visit a glacier lake, as the sedge is the first of plants.
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However, they misspelled the word "ouzel," which is a type of blackbird.
The numbers were smaller over the two magic days of 2007, when I saw only one ring ouzel and that single redstart, but the island was still strewn with birds: there were thrushes all up the cliffs, robins along the stone walls.
The ring ouzel on the wall turned away from me, flicked its long wings, and flew on.
Then, jumping through the long green grass on a bank was the male ouzel, with the female not far behind.
On Fair Isle ten years later, at the other end of my childhood, there was another ring ouzel in transit from one of its places and going to another, but stopping briefly alongside me, once again casting its scintillating thread.
The male ring ouzel in front of me was beautiful, like a dusty blackbird with a gorget of white across its breast.
While I was forgetting much of many things that harm one, and letting of my thoughts go wild to sounds and sights of nature, a sweeter note than thrush or ouzel ever wooed a mate in, floated on the valley breeze at the quiet turn of sundown.
There was, among the many, a hammock-shaped nest of the golden oriole, and igloo-shaped nest of some jungle specimen, a grass-at-all-angles nest of the ouzel, an eagle's nest spacious enough for Thor to hide in, and yes, a cuckoo's nest, which is to say the nest of any other bird the cuckoo finds handy.
The birds, as well as those of the Nurtung river, are the water-ouzel, the greyish-blue water-chat, the red and black ditto with a white head - top, and the black bird, _durn-durns_ or bird producing that cry occurs, but not in great numbers.