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[boo l-boo l] /ˈbʊl bʊl/
a songbird often mentioned in Persian poetry, regarded as being a nightingale.
any of several oscine birds of the family Pycnonotidae, of the Old World tropics.
Origin of bulbul
Borrowed into English from Persian around 1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Dear Mistress, Mr. bulbul is not a man at all, but that bull that you sometimes see over in the pasture.

    Tales of Folk and Fairies Katharine Pyle
  • A speckled black-and-white woodpecker about the size of a bulbul.

  • The bulbul used to resent this, and did not hesitate to tell me so.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • If I mistake not, the "bulbul of a thousand tales" is one of his appellations.

  • Miss Clapperclaw says bulbul is evidently smitten, and Clara too.

    The Christmas Books William Makepeace Thackeray
  • After Mr. bulbul had gone the lady called 27 Jean Malin to her.

    Tales of Folk and Fairies Katharine Pyle
  • Like a bulbul, Khan; I have rarely heard a better voice from a man.

    Confessions of a Thug Philip Meadows Taylor
  • Nevertheless, when he thought of Mr. bulbul, he could not feel easy in his mind.

    Tales of Folk and Fairies Katharine Pyle
  • The bulbul also sings in the groves—a grey bird with a black head and a curious yellow patch at the root of the tail.

    Tent Work in Palestine Claude Reignier Conder
British Dictionary definitions for bulbul


any songbird of the family Pycnonotidae of tropical Africa and Asia, having brown plumage and, in many species, a distinct crest
a songbird, taken to be the nightingale, often mentioned in Persian poetry
Word Origin
C18: via Persian from Arabic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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