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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: as a :  a common thrush (Turdus merula) of Eurasia and northern Africa having an orange bill and eye rim b :  any of several American oscine birds (family Icteridae)

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

14th Century

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

Circa 1873

First Known Use of blackbird

circa 1873


BLACKBIRD Defined for English Language Learners

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blackbird

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noun black·bird \ˈblak-ˌbərd\

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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