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

  • n. A water ouzel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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


Middle English osel, from Old English ōsle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English ōsle, from Proto-Germanic. Cognate with German Amsel. (Wiktionary)



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