meadowlark

noun mead·ow·lark \ ˈme-dō-ˌlärk , -də- \

Definition of meadowlark

:any of several American songbirds (genus Sturnella of the family Icteridae) that are streaked brown above and in northernmost forms have a yellow breast marked with a black crescent

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First Known Use of meadowlark

1611


MEADOWLARK Defined for English Language Learners

meadowlark

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Definition of meadowlark for English Language Learners

  • : a North American bird that has a brown back and a yellow breast


MEADOWLARK Defined for Kids

meadowlark

noun mead·ow·lark \ ˈme-dō-ˌlärk \

Definition of meadowlark for Students

:a songbird that has brownish upper parts and a yellow breast


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