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grackle

[ grak-uhl ]
/ ˈgræk əl /
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noun
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.
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Origin of grackle

1765–75; <New Latin Gracula name of genus, based on Latin grāculus jackdaw
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British Dictionary definitions for grackle

grackle
/ (ˈɡrækəl) /

noun
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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