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crow blackbird

noun
  1. any of several North American grackles, especially purple grackles of the genus Quiscalus.
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Origin of crow blackbird

An Americanism dating back to 1770–80
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Examples from the Web for crow blackbird

Historical Examples

  • The crow-blackbird has all the natural cunning of his prototype, the crow.

    Wake-Robin

    John Burroughs

  • Among the first birds that make their appearance in Washington, is the crow-blackbird.

    Wake-Robin

    John Burroughs

  • The crow-blackbird, seized with a fit of indolence, drops its eggs in the cavity of a decayed branch.

    Wake-Robin

    John Burroughs

  • The crow fights the hawk, and the king-bird and crow-blackbird fight the crow; but neither takes any notice of the buzzard.

    Wake-Robin

    John Burroughs

  • Looking up, they beheld a crow-blackbird pausing in mid-air, a few feet from the window.

    Wake-Robin

    John Burroughs


British Dictionary definitions for crow blackbird

crow blackbird

noun
  1. another name for grackle
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