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[bob-uh-lingk] /ˈbɒb əˌlɪŋk/
a common North American songbird, Dolichonyx oryzivorus, that winters in South America.
Origin of bobolink
1765-75, Americanism; short for Bob o' Lincoln, the bird's call as heard by speakers of English Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for bobolink
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  • bobolink drew himself up into the window; and as he did so his hat also fell off.

  • bobolink, who do you think stole my nest from the plum tree?

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10 Charles Herbert Sylvester
  • Indeed, bobolink was not the only scout who slept “like a rock” on that night.

  • The thrasher is silent in the berry pasture, and the bobolink in the meadow.

    The Foot-path Way Bradford Torrey
  • The bobolink is another one of this family that changes its clothes each year.

    Endurance Test Alan Douglas
  • "You see you were mistaken," Mrs. bobolink told him severely.

    The Tale of Bobby Bobolink Arthur Scott Bailey
  • I have noticed that the bobolink does not sing the same in different localities.

    Birds and Poets John Burroughs
  • But Mrs. bobolink replied that there were other things to think of.

    The Tale of Bobby Bobolink Arthur Scott Bailey
  • Her brother played ther flute, 'nd she sung 'Tara's Harp,' not scientific, but jest nateral 'nd sweet as iver a bobolink sang.

    The Wedge of Gold C. C. Goodwin
  • Mrs. bobolink then told her husband that his improvement was a fine one.

    The Tale of Bobby Bobolink Arthur Scott Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for bobolink


an American songbird, Dolichonyx oryzivorus, the male of which has a white back and black underparts in the breeding season: family Icteridae (American orioles) Also called (US) reedbird, ricebird
Word Origin
C18: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for bobolink

1796, American English, from bob-o-Lincoln (1774), imitative of the call of the bird.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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