common grackle


Definition of common grackle

: a North American grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) having glossy black plumage that especially in the adult male reflects a purple, green, or bronze iridescence … you know that those annoying, long-tailed blackbirds in your backyard are common grackles— Michael Stirek, The Bismarck (North Dakota) Tribune, 11 June 2009 In North America, the … red-winged blackbird … and common grackle can form flocks approaching a million birds.— Kevin Cook, Bird Watcher’s Digest, January/February 1995 — see bronzed grackle, florida grackle , purple grackle

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First Known Use of common grackle

1880, in the meaning defined above

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