[ grak-uh l ]
/ ˈgræk əl /


any of several long-tailed American birds of the family Icteridae, especially of the genus Quiscalus, having usually iridescent black plumage.
any of several Old World birds of the family Sturnidae, especially certain mynas.

Nearby words

  1. graciosity,
  2. gracioso,
  3. gracious,
  4. graciously,
  5. graciousness,
  6. grad,
  7. grad.,
  8. gradability,
  9. gradable,
  10. gradate

Origin of grackle

1765–75; < New Latin Gracula name of genus, based on Latin grāculus jackdaw Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for grackle


/ (ˈɡrækəl) /


Also called: crow blackbird any American songbird of the genera Quiscalus and Cassidix, having a dark iridescent plumage: family Icteridae (American orioles)
any of various starlings of the genus Gracula, such as G. religiosa (Indian grackle or hill mynah)

Word Origin for grackle

C18: from New Latin Grācula, from Latin grāculus jackdaw

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Word Origin and History for grackle



1772, gracule, from genus name Gracula, Modern Latin fem. from Latin graculus "jackdaw, European crow," perhaps of imitative origin. The anglicized form of the word is attested from 1782.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper