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blackbird

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noun black·bird \ˈblak-ˌbərd\

Definition of blackbird

  1. 1 :  any of various birds of which the males are largely or entirely black: such asa :  a common thrush (Turdus merula) of Eurasia and northern Africa having an orange bill and eye rimb :  any of several American oscine birds (family Icteridae)

  2. 2 :  a Pacific islander kidnapped for use as a plantation laborer

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First Known Use of blackbird

14th century


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blackbird

verb black·bird

Definition of blackbird

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to engage in the slave trade especially in the South Pacific

First Known Use of blackbird

1836


BLACKBIRD Defined for English Language Learners

blackbird

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Definition of blackbird for English Language Learners

  • : any one of several American birds with males that are mostly black

  • : a common European bird with males that have black feathers and an orange bill


BLACKBIRD Defined for Kids

blackbird

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noun black·bird \ˈblak-ˌbərd\

Definition of blackbird for Students

  1. :  any of several birds of which the males are mostly black



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