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also ou·sel  (o͞o′zəl)
1. See blackbird.
2. See dipper.

[Middle English osel, from Old English ōsle.]
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(ˈuːzəl) or


1. (Animals) the ring ouzel or water ouzel. See ring ouzel, dipper
2. (Animals) an archaic name for the (European) blackbird
[Old English ōsle, related to Old High German amsala (German Amsel), Latin merula merle1]
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Noun1.ouzel - common black European thrushouzel - common black European thrush  
thrush - songbirds characteristically having brownish upper plumage with a spotted breast
genus Turdus, Turdus - type genus of the Turdidae
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He had been standing a long time in that position, for I saw a pair of ousels passing and repassing scarcely three feet from him, busy in building their nest, and regarding his proximity no more than that of a piece of timber.
Dean sweeping the hearth, the sound of Gimmerton's chapel bells, the ousels. The surge of energy between Catherine and Heathcliff is to be felt in relation to those ordinary, seasonal activities, the lives that go along with other lives.