Ag·​e·​la·​ius | \ ˌa-jə-ˈlā-əs \

Definition of Agelaius

: a genus of birds (family Icteridae) comprising the red-winged blackbirds

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First Known Use of Agelaius

1824, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Agelaius

borrowed from New Latin, borrowed from Greek agelaîos “of the herd, gregarious,” from agélē “herd, troop” (derivative of ágein “to lead”) + -aios, adjective suffix

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“Agelaius.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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