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ousel

[oo-zuh l]
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noun
  1. ouzel.
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ouzel

or ou·sel

[oo-zuh l]
noun
  1. dipper(def 4).
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Origin of ouzel

before 900; Middle English osel merle, blackbird, Old English ōsle, cognate with German Amsel; akin to Latin merula; see merle1
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Historical Examples

  • So they journeyed until they came to the nest of an ousel, and Gwrhyr spoke to her.

    The Lilac Fairy Book

    Andrew Lang

  • The ousel built and sang by the falls near which it had wintered.

  • SO they journeyed until they came to the nest of an ousel, and Gwrhyr spoke to her.

  • So it was not often that the ousel and the glacier saw each other between October and June.

    The Basket Woman

    Mary Austin

  • He sang the song of the "ousel cock," but he could not make himself heard.


British Dictionary definitions for ousel

ousel

noun
  1. a variant spelling of ouzel
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ouzel

ousel

noun
  1. the ring ouzel or water ouzelSee ring ouzel, dipper
  2. an archaic name for the (European) blackbird
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Word Origin

Old English ōsle, related to Old High German amsala (German Amsel), Latin merula merle 1
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Word Origin and History for ousel

ouzel

n.

also ousel, from Old English osle "blackbird," from West Germanic *amslon- (cf. Old High German amsala, German amsel), probably from PIE *ams- "black, blackbird" (cf. Latin merula "blackbird," Welsh mwyalch "blackbird, thrush," Breton moualch "ouzel").

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