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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.]
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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]
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(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]
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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
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tepeli bülbül


(ˈbulbul) noun
a songbird of Asia or Africa.
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Steene, since his marriage, had lost all interest in the "bulbul," openly preferred discussing the nature of spavin with a coarse neighbour, and was angry if the pudding turned out watery--indeed, was simply a top-booted "vet.", who came in hungry at dinner-time; and not in the least like a nobleman turned Corsair out of pure scorn for his race, or like a renegade with a turban and crescent, unless it were in the irritability of his temper.
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.
I knew I was home when I woke to the sound of the bulbul -- the nightingale of the East -- which has the most gorgeous and musical birdsong I have ever heard.
The supporting event, the Kashmir Cup run over 1,100 metres was won by filly Miss Bulbul, ridden by jockey Mohammad Hanif, in a runaway success.
Aman Ullah Zarkazai was returning from a ceremony in two vehicles convey when he was attacked in Bulbul area of Khuzdar and as suspects opened firing in which Nawab Zarkzai and his grandson got killed with two other guards.
According to Deputy Commissioner Khuzdar Major retired Muhammad Ilyas Kabzai, the victim Nawabzada Mir Amanullah Khan Zehri along with his 15-year-old grandson Mardan Niaz Khan Zarakzai was on way home to Noorgama Zehri area from Bulbul area in vehicles when his convoy was passing Crash Plant areas as some armed assailants opened indiscriminately fire at the convoy and managed to escape from the scene.
'Bulbul Can Singh' emerged as the best indie film while 'Chuskit' and 'Super Deluxe' received the Equality in Cinema award, film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh said on Twitter.
Bangladesh Handball Federation (BHF) president AKM Nurul Fazal Bulbul was the chief guest on the closing day of the league and distributed the prizes.
In the report by the Climb Camiguin expedition team submitted to the provincial tourism office, among the birds spotted areturquoise and rufous paradise flycatcher, purple-throated sunbird, yellowish white eyes, everett's white eyes, Brahminy kite, Philippine serpent eagle, yellow-vented bulbul and olive-backed sunbird.
The concert was conducted by Fuad Ibrahimov and Murtuza Bulbul.