grackle

noun
grack·​le | \ ˈgra-kəl How to pronounce grackle (audio) \

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)

Examples of grackle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Daniel zeroed in on two of the birds — an adult grackle and fledgling blue jay. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 21 Mar. 2022 The bird is common across Texas and is known as the great-tailed grackle, according to the Houston Audubon. Malak Silmi, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Jan. 2022 There are also resident starling flocks that can often be confused with the common grackle, said Clive Pinnock, a birding expert and tour guide for Audubon Everglades in West Palm Beach. Kimberly Miller, orlandosentinel.com, 12 Sep. 2021 The songbirds most commonly affected include the American robin, blue jay, common grackle, yellowtail flicker, European starling, northern cardinal, house finch, house sparrow, Eastern bluebird, red-bellied woodpecker, and Carolina wren. courant.com, 10 Aug. 2021 The birds most commonly affected include the American robin, blue jay, common grackle, yellowtail flicker, European starling, northern cardinal, house finch, house sparrow, Eastern bluebird, red-bellied woodpecker, and Carolina wren. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, 8 July 2021 Jim Monsma is the executive director of City Wildlife, where Dimsdale took the grackle. Washington Post, 26 May 2021 In the video, the young grackle takes a few wobbly steps along a sidewalk, pauses and then wobbles some more. Washington Post, 26 May 2021 Another first state record, a great-tailed grackle, was discovered at Nelson’s Field in Plymouth on April 10. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of grackle

1772, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grackle

New Latin Gracula, genus name, alteration of Latin graculus jackdaw

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“Grackle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grackle. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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grackle

noun
grack·​le | \ ˈgra-kəl How to pronounce grackle (audio) \

Kids Definition of grackle

: a large blackbird with shiny feathers that show changeable green, purple, and bronze colors

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