bul·​bul | \ ˈbu̇l-ˌbu̇l How to pronounce bulbul (audio) \

Definition of bulbul

1 : a songbird frequently mentioned in Persian poetry that is probably a nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos)
2 : any of a group of gregarious passerine birds (family Pycnonotidae) of Asia and Africa

Examples of bulbul in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The parrots share the trees with parakeets, cockatoos, and exotics like India’s red-whiskered bulbul. Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2021 Birdsong provides a natural soundtrack, as bulbuls, gray wagtails, warblers, blackbirds, and turtledoves all call the garden home. National Geographic, 20 Sep. 2019 To test the durability of the critters, Kenji Suetsugu, a biologist at Kobe University in Japan, and his team fed eggs from three species of stick insect to a brown-eared bulbul birds. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, 30 May 2018 Found in eastern Asia, bulbuls are known predators of stick insects in Japan. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, 30 May 2018 Many have particularly bright plumage, such as parrots, parakeets, and hornbills; others, such as the bulbul, sing. Longreads, 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of bulbul

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bulbul

Persian, from Arabic

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“Bulbul.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bulbul. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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