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grackle

[grak-uh l] /ˈgræk əl/
noun
1.
any of several long-tailed American birds of the family Icteridae, especially of the genus Quiscalus, having usually iridescent black plumage.
2.
any of several Old World birds of the family Sturnidae, especially certain mynas.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75; < Neo-Latin Gracula name of genus, based on Latin grāculus jackdaw
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  • This bird is often mistaken for the common grackle but has a shorter tail.
British Dictionary definitions for grackle

grackle

/ˈɡrækəl/
noun
1.
Also called crow blackbird. any American songbird of the genera Quiscalus and Cassidix, having a dark iridescent plumage: family Icteridae (American orioles)
2.
any of various starlings of the genus Gracula, such as G. religiosa (Indian grackle or hill mynah)
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin Grācula, from Latin grāculus jackdaw
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Word Origin and History for grackle
n.

1772, gracule, from genus name Gracula, Modern Latin fem. from Latin graculus "jackdaw, European crow," perhaps of imitative origin. The anglicized form of the word is attested from 1782.

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