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starling1

[stahr-ling]
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noun
  1. a chunky, medium-sized European passerine bird, Sturnus vulgaris, of iridescent black plumage with seasonal speckles, that nests in colonies: introduced into North America.
  2. any of various similar Old World birds of the family Sturnidae.

Origin of starling1

before 1050; Middle English; Old English stærling, equivalent to stær starling (cognate with Old High German stara, Old Norse stari) + -ling -ling1; akin to Old English stearn kind of bird, Latin sturnus starling

starling2

[stahr-ling]
noun
  1. a pointed cluster of pilings for protecting a bridge pier from drifting ice, debris, etc.

Origin of starling2

First recorded in 1675–85; origin uncertain
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starling1

noun
  1. any gregarious passerine songbird of the Old World family Sturnidae, esp Sturnus vulgaris, which has a blackish plumage and a short tail

Word Origin

Old English stærlinc, from stær starling (related to Icelandic stari) + -line -ling 1

starling2

noun
  1. an arrangement of piles that surround a pier of a bridge to protect it from debris, etc

Word Origin

C17: probably changed from staddling, from staddle

Starling

noun
  1. 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)
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Word Origin and History for starling

n.

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").

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starling in Medicine

Starling

(stärlĭng)
  1. British physiologist. With Sir William Bayliss he discovered (1902) the hormone secretin.
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