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[oo-zuh l]
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  1. ouzel.


or ou·sel

[oo-zuh l]
  1. dipper(def 4).

Origin of ouzel

before 900; Middle English osel merle, blackbird, Old English ōsle, cognate with German Amsel; akin to Latin merula; see merle1
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Examples from the Web for ousel

Historical Examples

  • So they journeyed until they came to the nest of an ousel, and Gwrhyr spoke to her.

    The Lilac Fairy Book

    Andrew Lang

  • The ousel built and sang by the falls near which it had wintered.

  • SO they journeyed until they came to the nest of an ousel, and Gwrhyr spoke to her.

  • So it was not often that the ousel and the glacier saw each other between October and June.

    The Basket Woman

    Mary Austin

  • He sang the song of the "ousel cock," but he could not make himself heard.

British Dictionary definitions for ousel


  1. a variant spelling of ouzel



  1. the ring ouzel or water ouzelSee ring ouzel, dipper
  2. an archaic name for the (European) blackbird

Word Origin

Old English ōsle, related to Old High German amsala (German Amsel), Latin merula merle 1
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Word Origin and History for ousel



also ousel, from Old English osle "blackbird," from West Germanic *amslon- (cf. Old High German amsala, German amsel), probably from PIE *ams- "black, blackbird" (cf. Latin merula "blackbird," Welsh mwyalch "blackbird, thrush," Breton moualch "ouzel").

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