any of several long-tailed American birds of the family Icteridae, especially of the genus Quiscalus, having usually iridescent black plumage.
any of several Old World birds of the family Sturnidae, especially certain mynas.

1765–75; < Neo-Latin Gracula name of genus, based on Latin grāculus jackdaw Unabridged
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grackle (ˈɡrækəl)
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)
[C18: from New Latin Grācula, from Latin grāculus jackdaw]

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1772, from genus name Gracula, Mod.L. fem. from L. graculus "jackdaw, European crow," perhaps of imitative origin.
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Example sentences for grackle
This bird is often mistaken for the common grackle but has a shorter tail.
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