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oriole

noun ori·ole \ˈr-ē-ˌōl, -ē-əl\

: a colorful North American bird that has an orange or yellow body with black wings

: a European bird

Full Definition of ORIOLE

1
:  any of various usually brightly colored Old World passerine birds (family Oriolidae and especially genus Oriolus)
2
:  any of various New World passerine birds (family Icteridae and especially genus Icterus) of which the males are usually black and yellow or black and orange
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Origin of ORIOLE

New Latin oriolus, from Medieval Latin, from Old French oriol, from Latin aureolus golden-colored, diminutive of aureus golden — more at aureus
First Known Use: 1768

Other Birds Terms

aerie, bunting, clutch, covey, hackle, ratite, rictus, ruff, skein, zygodactyl
ORIOLE Defined for Kids

oriole

noun ori·ole \ˈr-ē-ˌōl\

Definition of ORIOLE for Kids

1
:  an American songbird related to the blackbird that has a bright orange and black male
2
:  a yellow and black bird of Europe and Asia related to the crow
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