starling
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English stærlinc, from stær starling + -ling, -linc -ling; akin to Old High German stara starling, Latin sturnus Date: before 12th century any of a family (Sturnidae, especially genus Sturnus) of usually dark gregarious oscine birds; especially a dark brown or in summer glossy greenish-black European bird (S. vulgaris) naturalized nearly worldwide and often considered a pest

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  • Starling — (engl. Bezeichnung für die Vogelfamilie der Stare) ist der Name von Boris Starling (* 1970), englischer Schriftsteller Ernest Starling (1866–1927), englischer Physiologe Hannah Starling (* 1995), britische Wasserspringerin Simon Starling (* 1967) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Starling — Star ling ( l[i^]ng), n. [OE. sterlyng, a dim. of OE. stare, AS. st[ae]r; akin to AS. stearn, G. star, staar, OHG. stara, Icel. starri, stari, Sw. stare, Dan. st[ae]r, L. sturnus. Cf. {Stare} a starling.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any passerine bird… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 …   Etymology dictionary

  • starling — [stär′liŋ] n. [ME < OE stærlinc, dim. of stær, starling < IE * stor(n)os, starling, bird with similar cry > L sturnus] any of an Old World family (Sturnidae) of dark colored passerine birds with a short tail, long wings, and a sharp,… …   English World dictionary

  • starling — ► NOUN ▪ a gregarious songbird with dark lustrous or iridescent plumage. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • Starling — Taxobox name = Starlings image width = 250px image caption = European Starling, Sturnus vulgaris regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Passeriformes subordo = Passeri familia = Sturnidae familia authority = Rafinesque, 1815… …   Wikipedia

  • starling — starling1 /stahr ling/, n. 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… …   Universalium

  • Starling — This interesting surname, of Anglo Saxon origin, derives from the Olde English pre 7th Century staerling , Middle English starling meaning starling, the bird. This is an example of that sizeable group of early European surnames that were… …   Surnames reference

  • Starling — Loi de Starling (cardiologie) La loi de Starling décrit le fonctionnement du ventricule cardiaque. Le cœur s adapte à la précharge en changeant sa force de contractilité. Dans les limites physiologiques, le coeur éjecte tout le sang qui lui… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • starling — I. /ˈstalɪŋ / (say stahling) noun 1. any of numerous birds constituting the family Sturnidae, especially the common starling, Sturnus vulgaris, of Eurasia; widely introduced elsewhere as South Africa, North America, New Zealand and Australia… …   Australian English dictionary

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