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1. Any of various passerine, chiefly tropical Old World songbirds of the family Pycnonotidae, most of which have grayish or brownish plumage.
2. A songbird often mentioned in Persian poetry and thought to be a nightingale.

[Persian, from Arabic.]


1. (Animals) any songbird of the family Pycnonotidae of tropical Africa and Asia, having brown plumage and, in many species, a distinct crest
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a songbird, taken to be the nightingale, often mentioned in Persian poetry
[C18: via Persian from Arabic]


(ˈbʊl bʊl)

1. any of various medium-sized songbirds of the family Pycnonotidae, inhabiting warmer regions east to the Moluccas.
2. a songbird often mentioned in Persian poetry.
[1775–85; < Persian]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bulbul - nightingale spoken of in Persian poetrybulbul - nightingale spoken of in Persian poetry
Luscinia megarhynchos, nightingale - European songbird noted for its melodious nocturnal song
tepeli bülbül


(ˈbulbul) noun
a songbird of Asia or Africa.
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He would storm at her, she was certain; and before all the company; and then she should never help crying: it was so dreadful to think she had come to that, after the bulbul and everything
This was the second step in a downward course, all owing to a young woman's being out of harmony with her circumstances, yearning after renegades and bulbuls, and being subject to claims from a veterinary surgeon fond of mince-pies.
Emma was a regular County Bulbul, and her verses in the Hampshire Telegraph were the glory of its Poet's Corner.
Bulbul (Declan McDonogh) wins the fillies' maiden in style
Besides Fayyaz, a woman Bathliaqa, widow of Shah Nazar, Abdul Maalik s/o Sad Barag of Jamal Ghari, Ali Hashim s/o Noor Hashim, Gul Rehman s/o Mir Afzal of Katlang, Jamal s/o Bulbul of Kong Shero and driver Rehman Ullah s/o Abdul Rauf.
The station said six journalists were injured: Muhammad al-Akhras, Hazem al-Da'our, Khadar Al-Zahar, and Darwish Bulbul, all employees of Al-Quds; Hussein Al-Madhoun, a freelance photographer working for the Ma'an News Agency; and Ibrahim Labed, a reporter for the Safa news agency.
Results (qualifiers): Boys singles: Joseph Colaciello (AUS) bt Nevil Philips (IND) 6-0, 6-0; Hydyr Kadyrov (TKM) bt Yasser Al Barwani (OMA) 0-6, 6-3, 6-0; Abdulmalik al Awfi (OMA) bt Nour Nehme (LIB) 6-3, 6-4; Vasyul Tkachenko (UKR) bt Saeed Bahjat (JOR) 6-0, 6-1; William Flavell (GBR) bt Ahmed Al Balushi (OMA) 6-0, 6-0; Abdulrahman Al Azzam (KSA) bt Haithem Al Balushi (OMA) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4; Vitali Shcherba (UKR) bt Efekan Bulbul (TUR) 6-4, 6-4; Ilya Polonskiy (RUS) bt Omran Al Balushi (OMA) 6-1, 6-3.
When Chottu Ram and his wife Bulbul left their home in the Babna village in Punjab's Patiala district on Wednesday, they expected to return with a little bundle of joy in their arms.
Bulbul fight is another tradition that Assamese people follow during Bihu.
In the other boys first round matches, Great Britain's Armon Rabiee defeated India's Charan Kartik Charan 6-1, 6-1, Turkey's Efekan Bulbul won 6-1, 6-1 against Uzbekistan's Shkhruh Ergashev, Ukraine's Vitali Scherba defeated Ilya Polonskiy (RUS) 6-4, 6-2.
But Adi pushed me into meeting her and once I did, I knew I had found my Bulbul
The intoxicated birds which had been starving for a day, are made to fight, targeting a banana and with the stronger bulbul emerging the winner after which both the birds are released back into the forest.