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bulbul

[boo l-boo l] /ˈbʊl bʊl/
noun
1.
a songbird often mentioned in Persian poetry, regarded as being a nightingale.
2.
any of several oscine birds of the family Pycnonotidae, of the Old World tropics.
Origin of bulbul
1775-1785
1775-85; < Persian
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  • Dear Mistress, Mr. bulbul is not a man at all, but that bull that you sometimes see over in the pasture.

    Tales of Folk and Fairies Katharine Pyle
  • A speckled black-and-white woodpecker about the size of a bulbul.

  • The bulbul used to resent this, and did not hesitate to tell me so.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • If I mistake not, the "bulbul of a thousand tales" is one of his appellations.

  • Miss Clapperclaw says bulbul is evidently smitten, and Clara too.

    The Christmas Books William Makepeace Thackeray
  • After Mr. bulbul had gone the lady called 27 Jean Malin to her.

    Tales of Folk and Fairies Katharine Pyle
  • Like a bulbul, Khan; I have rarely heard a better voice from a man.

    Confessions of a Thug Philip Meadows Taylor
  • Nevertheless, when he thought of Mr. bulbul, he could not feel easy in his mind.

    Tales of Folk and Fairies Katharine Pyle
  • The bulbul also sings in the groves—a grey bird with a black head and a curious yellow patch at the root of the tail.

    Tent Work in Palestine Claude Reignier Conder
British Dictionary definitions for bulbul

bulbul

/ˈbʊlbʊl/
noun
1.
any songbird of the family Pycnonotidae of tropical Africa and Asia, having brown plumage and, in many species, a distinct crest
2.
a songbird, taken to be the nightingale, often mentioned in Persian poetry
Word Origin
C18: via Persian from Arabic
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