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crow blackbird

any of several North American grackles, especially purple grackles of the genus Quiscalus.
Origin of crow blackbird
An Americanism dating back to 1770-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But on second thought I decided that the crow blackbird did not soar and circle about in this manner.

    Birds of the Rockies Leander Sylvester Keyser
  • I have myself seen a crow blackbird kill an English sparrow.

    Ways of Nature John Burroughs
  • A college professor wrote me that he had seen a crow blackbird catch a small fish and fly away with it in its beak.

    Ways of Nature John Burroughs
  • The crow blackbird, seized with a fit of indolence, drops its eggs in the cavity of a decayed branch.

    In the Catskills John Burroughs
British Dictionary definitions for crow blackbird

crow blackbird

another name for grackle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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