bobolink

[ bob-uh-lingk ]
/ ˈbɒb əˌlɪŋk /
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noun

a common North American songbird, Dolichonyx oryzivorus, that winters in South America.

Origin of bobolink

1765–75, Americanism; short for Bob o' Lincoln, the bird's call as heard by speakers of English
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bobolink

/ (ˈbɒbəˌlɪŋk) /

noun

an American songbird, Dolichonyx oryzivorus, the male of which has a white back and black underparts in the breeding season: family Icteridae (American orioles)Also called (US): reedbird, ricebird

Word Origin for bobolink

C18: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for bobolink

bobolink


n.

1796, American English, from bob-o-Lincoln (1774), imitative of the call of the bird.

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