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starling1

[stahr-ling] /ˈstɑr lɪŋ/
noun
1.
a chunky, medium-sized European passerine bird, Sturnus vulgaris, of iridescent black plumage with seasonal speckles, that nests in colonies: introduced into North America.
2.
any of various similar Old World birds of the family Sturnidae.
Origin
1050
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

starling2

[stahr-ling] /ˈstɑr lɪŋ/
noun
1.
a pointed cluster of pilings for protecting a bridge pier from drifting ice, debris, etc.
Origin
1675-85; origin uncertain
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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.
British Dictionary definitions for starling

starling1

/ˈstɑːlɪŋ/
noun
1.
any gregarious passerine songbird of the Old World family Sturnidae, esp Sturnus vulgaris, which has a blackish plumage and a short tail
Word Origin
Old English stærlinc, from stær starling (related to Icelandic stari) + -line-ling1

starling2

/ˈstɑːlɪŋ/
noun
1.
an arrangement of piles that surround a pier of a bridge to protect it from debris, etc
Word Origin
C17: probably changed from staddling, from staddle

Starling

/ˈstɑːlɪŋ/
noun
1.
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 and History for starling
n.

Old English stærlinc, with diminutive suffix -linc, from stær "starling," from Proto-Germanic *staraz (cf. Old English stearn, Old Norse stari, Norwegian stare, Old High German stara, German star "starling"), from PIE *storo- (cf. Latin sturnus "starling," Old Prussian starnite "gull").

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starling in Medicine

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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