ou·​zel ˈü-zəl How to pronounce ouzel (audio)
variants or less commonly ousel

Examples of ouzel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Along the glistening cobbles of the bank, a black ouzel bobbed and flew rock to rock, staying just ahead of me, keeping me company. Peter Heller, Outdoor Life, 17 Feb. 2020

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Word History


Middle English ousel, from Old English ōsle — more at merle

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of ouzel was before the 12th century

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“Ouzel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ouzel. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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ou·​zel ˈü-zəl How to pronounce ouzel (audio)

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