1 [stahr-ling]
a chunky, medium-sized European passerine bird, Sturnus vulgaris, of iridescent black plumage with seasonal speckles, that nests in colonies: introduced into North America.
any of various similar Old World birds of the family Sturnidae.

before 1050; Middle English; Old English stærling, equivalent to stær starling (cognate with Old High German stara, Old Norse stari) + -ling -ling1; akin to Old English stearn kind of bird, Latin sturnus starling Unabridged


2 [stahr-ling]
a pointed cluster of pilings for protecting a bridge pier from drifting ice, debris, etc.

1675–85; origin uncertain Unabridged
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starling1 (ˈstɑːlɪŋ)
any gregarious passerine songbird of the Old World family Sturnidae, esp Sturnus vulgaris, which has a blackish plumage and a short tail
[Old English stærlinc, from stær starling (related to Icelandic stari) + -line-ling1]

starling2 (ˈstɑːlɪŋ)
an arrangement of piles that surround a pier of a bridge to protect it from debris, etc
[C17: probably changed from staddling, from staddle]

Starling (ˈstɑːlɪŋ)
Ernest Henry. 1866--1927, British physiologist, who contributed greatly to the understanding of many bodily functions and with William Bayliss (1860--1924) discovered the hormone secretin (1902)

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Word Origin & History

O.E. stærlinc, with dim. suffix -linc, from stær "starling," from P.Gmc. *staraz (cf. O.E. stearn, O.N. stari, Norw. stare, O.H.G. stara, Ger. star "starling"), from PIE *storo- (cf. L. sturnus "starling," O.Pruss. starnite "gull").
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Medical Dictionary

Starling Star·ling (stär'lĭng), Sir Ernest. 1866-1927.

British physiologist. With Sir William Bayliss he discovered (1902) the hormone secretin.

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Also, any bird caught in an intake grill-even a lark or starling-would disrupt the airflow enough for the engine to stall anyway.
The warbles and rattles of a starling seem innocuous enough.
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