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starling

noun star·ling \ˈstär-liŋ\

: a dark brown or black bird that is common in Europe and the U.S.

Full Definition of STARLING

:  any of a family (Sturnidae, especially genus Sturnus) of usually dark gregarious oscine birds; especially :  a dark brown or in summer glossy greenish-black European bird (S. vulgaris) naturalized nearly worldwide and often considered a pest

Origin of STARLING

Middle English, from Old English stærlinc, from stær starling + -ling, -linc -ling; akin to Old High German stara starling, Latin sturnus
First Known Use: before 12th century

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