rusty blackbird


noun

a North American blackbird, Euphagus carolinus, the male of which has plumage that is uniformly bluish-black in the spring and rusty-edged in the fall.

Nearby words

  1. ruston,
  2. rustout,
  3. rustproof,
  4. rustproofing,
  5. rusty,
  6. rusty sputum,
  7. rut,
  8. rutabaga,
  9. rutaceous,
  10. ruth

Origin of rusty blackbird

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55

Also called rusty grackle.

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