- 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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Examples from the Web for bobolink
Sharp as Mr. Bobolink was, we knew all his tricks, and had outwitted him often.
"Excuse me from the job then," said Bobolink, making a wry face.
"It's Bobolink changing his voice," called out Paul, laughingly.
Bobolink, you and Bluff come with us; yes, and Nuthin can trot along, too.
These two were so much alike that Bobolink remarked upon the fact.
- 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
C18: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for bobolink
1796, American English, from bob-o-Lincoln (1774), imitative of the call of the bird.
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