Crested oriole
Oriole O"ri*ole, n. [OF. oriol, oriouz, orieus, F. loriot (for l'oriol), fr. L. aureolus golden, dim. of aureus golden, fr. aurum gold. Cf. {Aureole}, {Oriel}, {Loriot}.] (Zo["o]l.) (a) Any one of various species of Old World singing birds of the family {Oriolid[ae]}. They are usually conspicuously colored with yellow and black. The European or golden oriole ({Oriolus galbula}, or {Oriolus oriolus}) has a very musical flutelike note. (b) In America, any one of several species of the genus {Icterus}, belonging to the family {Icterid[ae]}. See {Baltimore oriole}, and {Orchard oriole}, under {Orchard}. [1913 Webster]

{Crested oriole}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Cassican}. [1913 Webster]


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