Definition of starling
: 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
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Who: Started in 1996 in San Diego by former U.S. national team member Byron Shewman, the Starlings teams offer club volleyball opportunities to girls (ages 10-18) regardless of their socioeconomic background.
Starling lined out to shortstop for the second out and Soler hammered the two out grand slam to end the game.
This is not just the story of Mozart and his starling, but a love letter to vulgarity, messiness, caprice and the beauty of things that don’t fit, don’t go where they are supposed to.
The rest of it is berries left in the bramble after a visit from midday starlings.
An aplomado falcon works best for agricultural clients plagued by starlings and sparrows.
Techniques involving air cannons, fireworks, and distress calls are often on timers, and starlings and sparrows quickly recognize their patterns and avoid them.
When falcons take to the air, sparrows, starlings, and pigeons know to get the flock out of there.
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Origin and Etymology of starling
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 12th centurySee Words from the same year
STARLING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of starling for English Language Learners
: a dark brown or black bird that is common in Europe and the U.S.
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Definition of starling for Students
: a dark brown or greenish black European bird that is now common in the United States
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