- a chunky, medium-sized European passerine bird, Sturnus vulgaris, of iridescent black plumage with seasonal speckles, that nests in colonies: introduced into North America.
- any of various similar Old World birds of the family Sturnidae.
Origin of starling1
- a pointed cluster of pilings for protecting a bridge pier from drifting ice, debris, etc.
Origin of starling2
Examples from the Web for starling
Now people from all corners of the sports world are calling for Starling to lose his team ownership.Billionaire Bigots’ Social Media Suicide
April 29, 2014
And as Fritz sobbed louder, so were the Starling's cries of "Potztausend!"Diary And Notes Of Horace Templeton, Esq.
Charles James Lever
I love my hut, and the starling, and the chickens—and what would the garden do without me?
But the starling has a sharp bill, and he hits the poor sparrow with it.
He dived down into the great chest, and brought out the starling.Burr Junior
G. Manville Fenn
“Ha-ha-ha; phut-phut-phut—wizzle-wizzle,” said the starling off the top of the wall.Featherland
George Manville Fenn
- any gregarious passerine songbird of the Old World family Sturnidae, esp Sturnus vulgaris, which has a blackish plumage and a short tail
- an arrangement of piles that surround a pier of a bridge to protect it from debris, etc
- Ernest Henry . 1866–1927, British physiologist, who contributed greatly to the understanding of many bodily functions and with William Bayliss (1860–1924) discovered the hormone secretin (1902)
Word Origin and History for starling
Old English stærlinc, with diminutive suffix -linc, from stær "starling," from Proto-Germanic *staraz (cf. Old English stearn, Old Norse stari, Norwegian stare, Old High German stara, German star "starling"), from PIE *storo- (cf. Latin sturnus "starling," Old Prussian starnite "gull").
- British physiologist. With Sir William Bayliss he discovered (1902) the hormone secretin.