grackle

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noun grack·le \ˈgra-kəl\

Definition of grackle

  1. 1 :  any of a genus (Quiscalus of the family Icteridae) of large American blackbirds having iridescent black plumage

  2. 2 :  any of various Asian starlings (as the hill mynahs)

Origin and Etymology of grackle

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


First Known Use: 1772


GRACKLE Defined for English Language Learners

grackle

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noun grack·le \ˈgra-kəl\

Definition of grackle for English Language Learners

  • : a common American bird that has shiny black feathers


GRACKLE Defined for Kids

grackle

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noun grack·le \ˈgra-kəl\

Definition of grackle for Students

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


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