mead·​ow·​lark | \ ˈme-dō-ˌlärk How to pronounce meadowlark (audio) , -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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Recent Examples on the Web The white feathers of a meadowlark’s tail flashed through the tall grass. Bob Timmons, Star Tribune, "Crow-Hassan's prairie is a mosaic of wild things and built to last," 31 July 2020 Birds and ducks appeared in the sky after long, isolated winters with no visitors and 40-below nights; those first arrivals of mallards, western meadowlarks, and robins were essential to my sanity. Gretel Ehrlich, The Atlantic, "We Are All Living the Same Moment," 2 May 2020 Thrushes and meadowlarks and black-and-white kingbirds chatter and flit, and on hazy summer evenings, the hills soften to purple and gray. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, "Willow Creek: An Obscure Stream Shapes Life, Death, and Landscape," 16 Apr. 2020 Who will stop his mower for an hour to splint the broken leg of a meadowlark. New York Times, "‘August,’ by Callan Wink: An Excerpt," 31 Mar. 2020 Other birds that were spotted last week included four blue-gray gnatcatchers, three wood thrushes, a field sparrow, and five Eastern meadowlarks., "Bird sightings," 29 July 2019 There was a red-throated loon at Spy Pond in Arlington, and a grasshopper sparrow and an Eastern meadowlark at Bear Creek Sanctuary in Saugus., "Central Mass:," 29 Dec. 2019 The total bird population in the two countries has fallen by almost 3 billion, with grassland birds such as western meadowlarks and American sparrows and shorebirds such as green herons taking the biggest hits. NBC News, "U.S., Canada have lost 3 billion birds. Scientists say 'nature is unraveling.'," 19 Sep. 2019 Reports from Crane WMA in Falmouth included 2 American kestrels, 9 Eastern phoebes, 2 grasshopper sparrows, 18 Eastern towhees, 2 bobolink, 4 Eastern meadowlarks, a dickcissel, and 2 blue grosbeaks., "Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of Sept. 3) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of meadowlark

1611, in the meaning defined above

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“Meadowlark.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of meadowlark

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


mead·​ow·​lark | \ ˈme-dō-ˌlärk How to pronounce meadowlark (audio) \

Kids Definition of meadowlark

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

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