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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.
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Though unmistakable at close range, waxwings in flight can be confused with common starlings.