[boo l-boo l]


a songbird often mentioned in Persian poetry, regarded as being a nightingale.
any of several oscine birds of the family Pycnonotidae, of the Old World tropics.

Origin of bulbul

Borrowed into English from Persian around 1775–85
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Contemporary Examples of bulbul

  • He could have said "bulbul," the word little Israeli kids use, but he didn't—he "confused" it.

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    Baron-Cohen's Bilbul

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    June 13, 2012

Historical Examples of bulbul

  • Don't you remember the grand Oriental ballet of the "Bulbul and the Peri?"

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    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • Miss Clapperclaw says Bulbul is evidently smitten, and Clara too.

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    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • Bulbul's dinners are, I own, very good; his pilaffs and curries excellent.

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  • Its crest is pointed and its cheeks are white like those of an Otocompsa bulbul.

  • A speckled black-and-white woodpecker about the size of a bulbul.

British Dictionary definitions for bulbul



any songbird of the family Pycnonotidae of tropical Africa and Asia, having brown plumage and, in many species, a distinct crest
a songbird, taken to be the nightingale, often mentioned in Persian poetry

Word Origin for bulbul

C18: via Persian from Arabic
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