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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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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.
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!
Emma was a regular County Bulbul, and her verses in the Hampshire Telegraph were the glory of its Poet's Corner.
The school's scouts, guides, cubs and bulbuls embarked on an organised initiative to mobilise materials for donation and the students of MES responded enthusiastically in a positive way.
[I had barely entered the garden when a school opened, so to speak/ Bulbuls hearing my laments began reciting ghazals]
"We learned that there is some authority who occasionally takes away the bulbuls from the markets, keep them for a while and then let them go, but how often is this done?
As I turn and walk back towards the front steps, a family of tree pies lands on the rock followed by yellow and red fluted bulbuls, wagtails, robins and a host of other species that I am still trying to identify.
There I wake up to a chorus of Palm Doves and Common Bulbuls. Here the doves are Collared Doves and rotund Wood Pigeons that explode from the trees with a loud clatter and a flash of bright white scapulas.
Among them are hoopooes ('hud hud' in Arabic), bulbuls, sparrows and starlings.
Hajo (Guwahati), Jan 15 (ANI): The Hayagriva Madhav temple at Hajo in Kamrup district of Assam has kept alive the centuries old tradition of fight between Bulbuls, the birds also known as songbirds.
He and colleagues found the birds, the bald-headed bulbuls (right), in the rugged limestone belt of central Laos and named it Pycnonotus hualon in the July Forktail.