Definition of grackle
1 : any of a genus (Quiscalus of the family Icteridae) of large American blackbirds having iridescent black plumage
2 : any of various Asian starlings (such as the hill mynahs)
Recent Examples of grackle from the Web
A man called about an injured common grackle in the yard.
Our urbanized environments favor bird species that are flexible in their eating and foraging habits, and willing to do bold, innovative things, like blackbirds or grackles or sparrows.
The focus of the new report, all the songbirds identified so far represent a single subgroup – the Icteridae – that contains blackbirds, orioles, grackles, cowbirds, and others.
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Origin and Etymology of grackle
New Latin Gracula, genus name, alteration of Latin graculus jackdaw
First Known Use: 1772See Words from the same year
GRACKLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of grackle for English Language Learners
: a common American bird that has shiny black feathers
GRACKLE Defined for Kids
Definition of grackle for Students
: a large blackbird with shiny feathers that show changeable green, purple, and bronze colors
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