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meadowlark

[med-oh-lahrk]
noun
  1. any of several American songbirds of the genus Sturnella, of the family Icteridae, especially S. magna (eastern meadowlark) and S. neglecta (western meadowlark), having a brownish and black back and wings and a yellow breast, noted for their clear, tuneful song.
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Origin of meadowlark

First recorded in 1605–15; meadow + lark1
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Examples from the Web for meadowlark

Historical Examples

  • And Mr. Meadowlark couldn't deny it; for he knew that it was true.

    The Tale of Bobby Bobolink

    Arthur Scott Bailey

  • "Anyhow, he sings as well as ever," Mr. Meadowlark declared.

    The Tale of Bobby Bobolink

    Arthur Scott Bailey

  • Mr. Meadowlark had explained all this in a most eager manner.

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  • And for once Mr. Meadowlark couldn't wait for him to finish.

    The Tale of Bobby Bobolink

    Arthur Scott Bailey

  • "Your husband is one of the best," Mr. Meadowlark told her hopefully.

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British Dictionary definitions for meadowlark

meadowlark

noun
  1. either of two North American yellow-breasted songbirds, Sturnella magna (eastern meadowlark) or S. neglecta (western meadowlark): family Icteridae (American orioles)
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