starling

noun

star·​ling ˈstär-liŋ How to pronounce starling (audio)
: any of a family (Sturnidae, especially genus Sturnus) of usually dark gregarious oscine birds
especially : a dark brown or in summer glossy greenish-black European bird (S. vulgaris) naturalized nearly worldwide and often considered a pest

Examples of starling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But in the mid-20th century, its numbers plummeted and the birds disappeared completely from some parts of the state, victims of habitat loss, chemicals, global warming, and invasive species like the European starling and the house sparrow. Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, 15 Apr. 2024 European Starling, Sturnus vulgaris – Tough, adaptable and smart, these starlings were brought to the U.S. in 1890 and occupy most of the country. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 13 Apr. 2024 The business flew into trouble after three European starlings got into the cafe at 903 S. Ann St., Pitango CEO Dinah Bengur said. Amanda Yeager, Baltimore Sun, 29 Feb. 2024 European starlings are among the most common songbirds, having reportedly been introduced to North America by Shakespeare lovers, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Amanda Yeager, Baltimore Sun, 29 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for starling 

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Old English stærlinc, from stær starling + -ling, -linc -ling; akin to Old High German stara starling, Latin sturnus

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Starling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/starling. Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

starling

noun
star·​ling ˈstär-liŋ How to pronounce starling (audio)
: any of a family of usually dark-colored birds that tend to flock together
especially : a dark brown or in summer glossy greenish black European bird that has been brought to the U.S. and is often considered a pest

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