ouzel

[oo-zuhl]
noun
dipper ( def 4 ).
Also, ousel.


Origin:
before 900; Middle English osel merle, blackbird, Old English ōsle, cognate with German Amsel; akin to Latin merula; see merle1

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ouzel or ousel (ˈuːzəl)
 
n
1.  ring ouzel See dipper the ring ouzel or water ouzel
2.  an archaic name for the (European) blackbird
 
[Old English ōsle, related to Old High German amsala (German Amsel), Latin merulamerle1]
 
ousel or ousel
 
n
 
[Old English ōsle, related to Old High German amsala (German Amsel), Latin merulamerle1]

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ouzel
O.E. osle "blackbird," from W.Gmc. *amslon- (cf. O.H.G. amsala, Ger. amsel), probably from PIE *ams- "black, blackbird" (cf. L. merula "blackbird," Welsh mwyalch "blackbird, thrush," Bret. moualch "ouzel").
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Watch for the ouzel, a small water bird that bobs in the water and feeds along the river bottom.
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