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.
Origin: before 1050;Middle English;Old Englishstærling, equivalent to stær starling (cognate with Old High Germanstara,Old Norsestari) + -ling-ling1; akin to Old Englishstearn kind of bird, Latinsturnus starling
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").