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noun star·ling \ˈstär-liŋ\

Definition of starling

  1. :  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

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 century


STARLING Defined for English Language Learners

starling

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Definition of starling for English Language Learners

  • : a dark brown or black bird that is common in Europe and the U.S.


STARLING Defined for Kids

starling

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noun star·ling \ˈstär-liŋ\

Definition of starling for Students

  1. :  a dark brown or greenish black European bird that is now common in the United States



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