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[med-oh-lahrk] /ˈmɛd oʊˌlɑrk/
any of several American songbirds of the genus Sturnella, of the family Icteridae, especially S. magna (eastern meadowlark) and S. neglecta (western meadowlark) having a brownish and black back and wings and a yellow breast, noted for their clear, tuneful song.
Origin of meadowlark
1605-15; meadow + lark1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Among sayings in the English language attributed to the notes of the meadowlark are some expressions of banter and raillery.

    Prairie Smoke (Second Edition, Revised) Melvin Randolph Gilmore
  • And Mr. meadowlark couldn't deny it; for he knew that it was true.

    The Tale of Bobby Bobolink Arthur Scott Bailey
  • In my observations of the birds of the far West, I went wrong in my reckoning but once: the Western meadowlark has a new song.

    Ways of Nature John Burroughs
  • And for once Mr. meadowlark couldn't wait for him to finish.

    The Tale of Bobby Bobolink Arthur Scott Bailey
  • meadowlark, however, noticed an odor about Hawk which showed that he had just returned from the realm of the dead.

    Ceremonies of the Pomo Indians Samuel Alfred Barrett
  • Yet hers is vital poetry, earth-warm and limpid as the song of the meadowlark.

    The Joys of Being a Woman Winifred Kirkland
  • Athwart these sounds came every half minute the clear, strong note of the meadowlark.

    Riverby John Burroughs
  • It is the family of the blackbird and oriole, of the bobolink and the meadowlark.

  • And Mr. meadowlark turned to him and told him that he might begin at once.

    The Tale of Bobby Bobolink Arthur Scott Bailey
  • The meadowlark is a shy bird, and so is more often heard than seen.

    The Children's Book of Birds Olive Thorne Miller
British Dictionary definitions for meadowlark


either of two North American yellow-breasted songbirds, Sturnella magna (eastern meadowlark) or S. neglecta (western meadowlark): family Icteridae (American orioles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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