bobolinks

bobolink

[bob-uh-lingk]
noun
a common North American songbird, Dolichonyx oryzivorus, that winters in South America.

Origin:
1765–75, Americanism; short for Bob o' Lincoln, the bird's call as heard by speakers of English

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bobolink (ˈbɒbəˌlɪŋk)
 
n
reedbird, Also called (US): ricebird an American songbird, Dolichonyx oryzivorus, the male of which has a white back and black underparts in the breeding season: family Icteridae (American orioles)
 
[C18: of imitative origin]

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bobolink
1796, Amer.Eng., from bob-o-Lincoln (1774), imitative of the call of the bird.
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