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star·ling 1

 (stär′lĭng)
n.
Any of various passerine birds of the family Sturnidae, native to the Eastern Hemisphere and characteristically having a short tail, pointed wings, and dark, often iridescent plumage, especially Sturnus vulgaris, widely naturalized worldwide.

[Middle English, from Old English stærlinc : stær, starling + -linc, noun suff.; see -ling1.]

star·ling 2

 (stär′lĭng)
n.
A protective structure of pilings surrounding a pier of a bridge.

[Perhaps alteration of Middle English stadelinge, from stathel, foundation, from Old English stathol; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]

starling

(ˈstɑːlɪŋ)
n
(Animals) any gregarious passerine songbird of the Old World family Sturnidae, esp Sturnus vulgaris, which has a blackish plumage and a short tail
[Old English stærlinc, from stær starling (related to Icelandic stari) + -line -ling1]

starling

(ˈstɑːlɪŋ)
n
(Civil Engineering) an arrangement of piles that surround a pier of a bridge to protect it from debris, etc
[C17: probably changed from staddling, from staddle]

Starling

(ˈstɑːlɪŋ)
n
(Biography) Ernest Henry. 1866–1927, British physiologist, who contributed greatly to the understanding of many bodily functions and with William Bayliss (1860–1924) discovered the hormone secretin (1902)

star•ling

(ˈstɑr lɪŋ)

n.
1. a stocky, medium-sized Eurasian songbird, Sturnus vulgaris, of the family Sturnidae, with iridescent black plumage, seasonally speckled: now established in North America, Australasia, and other parts of the world.
2. any of numerous Old World songbirds of the same family.
[before 1050; Middle English; Old English stærling=stær starling (c. Old High German stara, Old Norse stari) + -ling -ling1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.starling - gregarious birds native to the Old World
oscine, oscine bird - passerine bird having specialized vocal apparatus
family Sturnidae, Sturnidae - Old World starlings
common starling, Sturnus vulgaris - gregarious bird having plumage with dark metallic gloss; builds nests around dwellings and other structures; naturalized worldwide
Pastor roseus, Pastor sturnus, rose-colored pastor, rose-colored starling - glossy black bird with pink back and abdomen; chiefly Asian
mina, minah, myna, myna bird, mynah, mynah bird - tropical Asian starlings

starling

noun
Related words
collective noun murmuration
Translations
زُرْزور: جِنْس من الطُّيور
скорец
špaček
stær
kottarainen
seregély
staristari, starri
varnėnas
mājas strazds
graur
škorec
škorec
stare

starling

[ˈstɑːlɪŋ] Nestornino m

starling

[ˈstɑːrlɪŋ] n (= bird) → étourneau m

starling

nStar m

starling

[ˈstɑːlɪŋ] nstorno

starling

(ˈstaːliŋ) noun
a type of small bird with glossy dark feathers.
References in classic literature ?
He could remember nothing of the time before he came to sea; only that his father had made clocks, and had a starling in the parlour, which could whistle "The North Countrie;" all else had been blotted out in these years of hardship and cruelties.
The porter was drowsing on his bench within the lodge, but at the knock he roused himself and, opening the wicket, came hobbling forth and greeted the Knight, while a tame starling that hung in a wicker cage within piped out, "
There were states of the tide when, having been down the river, I could not get back through the eddy-chafed arches and starlings of old London Bridge; then, I left my boat at a wharf near the Custom House, to be brought up afterwards to the Temple stairs.
The daylight has nothing to show me, since you are not here, and I don't like to see the rooks and starlings in the field, because I grieve and grieve to miss you who used to see them with me.
The few neighbours of the Squire's own rank every now and then would shrug their shoulders as they drove or rode by a party of boys with Tom in the middle, carrying along bulrushes or whispering reeds, or great bundles of cowslip and meadow-sweet, or young starlings or magpies, or other spoil of wood, brook, or meadow; and Lawyer Red-tape might mutter to Squire Straight-back at the Board that no good would come of the young Browns, if they were let run wild with all the dirty village boys, whom the best farmers' sons even would not play with.
Patroclus was enraged by the death of his comrade, and sped through the front ranks as swiftly as a hawk that swoops down on a flock of daws or starlings.
In something less than a year and a half from the time he found her sitting on a broken fragment of stone work buried in the grass of his wild garden, full of thrushes, starlings, and other innocent creatures of the air, he had given her amongst other accomplishments the art of sitting admirably on a horse, and directly they returned to Paris he took her out with him for their first morning ride.
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However, he added that despite the incredible size of the flocks, starling numbers are a fraction of what they used to be.
When one starling changes direction or speed, each of the other birds in the flock responds to the change, and they do so nearly simultaneously regardless of the size of the flock.
To help parents know whether they are "on target" with the amount of verbal interaction they are having with their infant or toddler, Vernon Area Public Library was an early adopter of the Starling wearable engagement tracker and makes the devices available for checkout.
The starling population has fallen by more than 80% in recent years, placing them on the critical list of UK birds most at risk.