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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.]
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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)
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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]
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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
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starling

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

starling

[ˈstɑːlɪŋ] Nestornino m
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starling

[ˈstɑːrlɪŋ] n (= bird) → étourneau m
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starling

nStar m
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starling

[ˈstɑːlɪŋ] nstorno
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starling

(ˈstaːliŋ) noun
a type of small bird with glossy dark feathers.
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References in periodicals archive ?
The physiologist, Ernest Henry Starling wrote to the British Medical Journal: "We do not want the medical man or student entering the wards to have at the tip of his tongue the properties and atomic weights of all of the elements, or to be prepared to give a historical account of the views concerning the origin of the heart beat.
Ernest Henry Starling, his predecessors, and the "Law of the Heart".
Two British physiologists, Ernest Henry Starling (1866-1927) and his brother-in-law, William Maddock Bayliss (1860-1924), tested the matter.