noun Etymology: New Latin Gracula, genus name, alteration of Latin graculus jackdaw Date: 1772 1. any of a genus (Quiscalus of the family Icteridae) of large American blackbirds having iridescent black plumage 2. any of various Asian starlings (as the hill mynahs)

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  • Grackle — Grac kle, n. [Cf. L. graculus jackdaw.] (Zo[ o]l.) (a) One of several American blackbirds, of the family {Icterid[ae]}; as, the rusty grackle ({Scolecophagus Carolinus}); the boat tailed grackle (see Boat tail); the purple grackle ({Quiscalus… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grackle — ☆ grackle [grak′əl] n. [L graculus, jackdaw < IE echoic base * ger > CRANE, CROW ] any of several blackbirds somewhat smaller than a crow; esp., the common grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) …   English World dictionary

  • grackle — 1772, gracule, from genus name Gracula, Modern Latin fem. from L. graculus jackdaw, European crow, perhaps of imitative origin. The anglicized form of the word is attested from 1782 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Grackle — A Grackle is a gregarious, passerine bird native to North and South America. Each of the 11 species of grackle belongs to the Icterid family. The species are:* Genus Quiscalus ** Boat tailed Grackle, Quiscalus major ** Common Grackle, Quiscalus… …   Wikipedia

  • grackle — /grak euhl/, n. 1. any of several long tailed American birds of the family Icteridae, esp. of the genus Quiscalus, having usually iridescent black plumage. 2. any of several Old World birds of the family Sturnidae, esp. certain mynas. [1765 75; < …   Universalium

  • grackle — kviskalai statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Quiscalus angl. grackle vok. Grackel, m rus. гракл, m pranc. quiscale, m ryšiai: platesnis terminas – trupialiniai siauresnis terminas – antilinis kviskalas siauresnis terminas –… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • grackle — noun a) Any of several American blackbirds of the genus Quiscalus having iridescent plumage b) Any of several Asian myna birds of the genus Gracula …   Wiktionary

  • grackle — n. type of bird …   English contemporary dictionary

  • grackle — noun 1》 a songbird of the American blackbird family, the male of which is shiny black with a blue green sheen. [Quiscalus quiscula and other species.] 2》 an Asian mynah or starling with mainly black plumage. [Gracula and other genera.] Origin C18 …   English new terms dictionary

  • grackle — grack·le …   English syllables

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