[grak-uh l]


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.

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

Examples from the Web for grackle

Historical Examples of grackle

  • Creaker the Grackle with the sun shining on him was truly beautiful.

  • His feathers were like those of Creaker the Grackle—iridescent.

  • Peering at you from the top of a dark pine tree with its staring yellow eye, the grackle is certainly uncanny.

    Bird Neighbors

    Neltje Blanchan

  • The way he carried himself and his movements as he walked made Peter think of Creaker the Grackle.

  • The nesting habits and eggs of the sub-species of this Grackle do not differ in any particular.

    The Bird Book

    Chester A. Reed

British Dictionary definitions for grackle



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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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