a chunky, medium-sized European passerine bird, Sturnus vulgaris, of iridescent black plumage with seasonal speckles, that nests in colonies: introduced into North America.
any of various similar Old World birds of the family Sturnidae.
Origin of starling
before 1050;Middle English;Old Englishstærling, equivalent to stær starling (cognate with Old High Germanstara,Old Norsestari) + -ling-ling1; akin to Old Englishstearn kind of bird, Latinsturnus starling
a pointed cluster of pilings for protecting a bridge pier from drifting ice, debris, etc.
Old English stærlinc, with diminutive suffix -linc, from stær "starling," from Proto-Germanic *staraz (cf. Old English stearn, Old Norse stari, Norwegian stare, Old High German stara, German star "starling"), from PIE *storo- (cf. Latin sturnus "starling," Old Prussian starnite "gull").