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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 of ouzel

  • He could no longer conceal his anxiety about the Ouzel Galley.

    The Missing Ship

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • Day after day and week after week went by, and still the Ouzel Galley did not appear.

    The Missing Ship

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • The wind was light, and the Ouzel Galley made but slow progress.

    The Missing Ship

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • Why, that is one of the fellows who betrayed the Ouzel Galley into the hands of the enemy!

    The Missing Ship

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • There floated the Ouzel Galley, right ahead, in the centre of the lagoon.

    The Missing Ship

    W. H. G. Kingston


British Dictionary definitions for ouzel

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 for ouzel

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