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ouzel

or ousel

[oo-zuh l] /ˈu zəl/
noun
1.
dipper (def 4).
Origin of ouzel
900
before 900; Middle English osel merle, blackbird, Old English ōsle, cognate with German Amsel; akin to Latin merula; see merle1
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  • He could no longer conceal his anxiety about the ouzel Galley.

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
  • Day after day and week after week went by, and still the ouzel Galley did not appear.

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
  • The wind was light, and the ouzel Galley made but slow progress.

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
  • Why, that is one of the fellows who betrayed the ouzel Galley into the hands of the enemy!

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
  • There floated the ouzel Galley, right ahead, in the centre of the lagoon.

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
  • Not a pirate now remained alive on the deck of the ouzel Galley.

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
  • The deck of the ouzel Galley did indeed present a fearful scene.

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
  • Oh, what will become of the ouzel Galley if she is caught in this fearful gale!

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
  • These would make her more than a match for the ouzel Galley.

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
  • He had seen them, he declared, taken on board the ouzel Galley.

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for ouzel

ouzel

/ˈuːzəl/
noun
1.
the ring ouzel or water ouzel See 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 merulamerle1
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Word Origin and History for ouzel
n.

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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