troupial

noun

trou·​pi·​al ˈtrü-pē-əl How to pronounce troupial (audio)
: a large brightly colored oriole (Icterus icterus) of Central and South America
also : any of various related birds (family Icteridae)

Examples of troupial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Early risers are rewarded with flurries of brightly colored birds (like the orange-and-black troupial), roaming packs of donkeys and empty beaches. Shannon Sims, New York Times, 12 Mar. 2020

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Word History

Etymology

French troupiale, from troupe; from its living in flocks

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of troupial was in 1825

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“Troupial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/troupial. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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