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

  • n. Any of several tropical American birds of the genus Icterus, related to the orioles and New World blackbirds, especially I. icterus, having orange and black plumage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An oriole, Icterus icterus, with black head, long tail, and bulky bill.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of numerous species of bright-colored American birds belonging to Icterus and allied genera, especially Icterus icterus, a native of the West Indies and South America. Many of the species are called orioles in America.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See troopial.


French troupiale, from troupe, flock; see troop.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • Flocks of birds, a kind of troupial, were flying past me overhead, flock succeeding flock, on their way to their roosting-place, uttering as they flew a clear, bell-like chirp; and there was something ethereal too in those drops of melodious sound, which fell into my heart like raindrops falling into a pool to mix their fresh heavenly water with the water of earth.

    Green Mansions: a romance of the tropical forest

  • A scarlet-breasted troupial of La Plata perches conspicuously on a tall plant in afield, and at intervals soars up vertically, singing, and, at the highest ascending point, flight and song end in a kind of aerial somersault and vocal flourish at the same moment.

    The Naturalist in La Plata

  • In the various species of the genus Cnipolegus, already mentioned, the difference in the sexes is just as great as in the case of the troupial: the solitary, intensely black, statuesque male has, we have seen, a set and highly fantastic performance; but on more than one occasion I have seen four or five females of one species meet together and have a little simple performance all to themselves -- in form a kind of lively mock fight.

    The Naturalist in La Plata


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  • Any of several tropical American birds of the genus Icterus, related to the orioles and New World blackbirds.

    June 21, 2008