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1. Any of several blackbirds of the family Icteridae found throughout the Americas, especially those of the genus Quiscalus, having iridescent blackish plumage.
2. Any of several Asian mynas of the genus Gracula.

[New Latin Grācula, genus name, from Latin grāculus, jackdaw; see gerə- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Animals) Also called: crow blackbird any American songbird of the genera Quiscalus and Cassidix, having a dark iridescent plumage: family Icteridae (American orioles)
2. (Animals) any of various starlings of the genus Gracula, such as G. religiosa (Indian grackle or hill mynah)
[C18: from New Latin Grācula, from Latin grāculus jackdaw]


(ˈgræk əl)

1. any of several long-tailed New World blackbirds, esp. of the genus Quiscalus, as the common North American species Q. quiscula, having iridescent black plumage.
2. any of several Old World birds of the family Sturnidae, esp. certain mynas.
[1765–75; < New Latin Gracula a genus of mynas < Latin grāculus jackdaw]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.grackle - glossy black Asiatic starling often taught to mimic speechgrackle - glossy black Asiatic starling often taught to mimic speech
mina, minah, myna, myna bird, mynah, mynah bird - tropical Asian starlings
2.grackle - long-tailed American blackbird having iridescent black plumagegrackle - long-tailed American blackbird having iridescent black plumage
blackbird, New World blackbird - any bird of the family Icteridae whose male is black or predominantly black
purple grackle, Quiscalus quiscula - eastern United States grackle
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