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oriole

[awr-ee-ohl, ohr-] /ˈɔr iˌoʊl, ˈoʊr-/
noun
1.
any of several usually brightly colored, passerine birds of the family Oriolidae, of the Old World.
Compare golden oriole.
2.
any of several brightly colored passerine birds of the family Icteridae, of the New World.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80; < French oriol, Old French < Medieval Latin oriolus, variant of Latin aureolus golden, equivalent to aure(us) golden (derivative of aurum gold) + -olus -ole1
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  • Forests breathe feverishly, clouds sing softly, a golden oriole prays for rain.
  • Cowbird and oriole eggs are about the same size, so the returning orioles do not notice the extra egg.
British Dictionary definitions for oriole

oriole

/ˈɔːrɪˌəʊl/
noun
1.
any songbird of the mainly tropical Old World family Oriolidae, such as Oriolus oriolus (golden oriole), having a long pointed bill and a mostly yellow-and-black plumage
2.
any American songbird of the family Icteridae, esp those of the genus Icterus, such as the Baltimore oriole, with a typical male plumage of black with either orange or yellow
Word Origin
C18: from Medieval Latin oryolus, from Latin aureolus, diminutive of aureus, from aurum gold
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Word Origin and History for oriole
n.

1776, from French oriol "golden oriole," Old Provençal auriol, from Medieval Latin oryolus, from Latin aureolus "golden," from PIE *aus- "gold" (see aureate). Originally in reference to the golden oriole (Oriolus galbula), a bird of black and yellow plumage that summers in Europe (but is uncommon in England). Applied from 1791 to the unrelated but similarly colored North American species Icterus baltimore.

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