starling

1
[ stahr-ling ]
/ ˈstɑr lɪŋ /
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noun

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

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before 1050; Middle English; Old English stærling, equivalent to stær starling (cognate with Old High German stara, Old Norse stari) + -ling -ling1; akin to Old English stearn kind of bird, Latin sturnus starling

Definition for starling (2 of 2)

starling

2
[ stahr-ling ]
/ ˈstɑr lɪŋ /

noun

a pointed cluster of pilings for protecting a bridge pier from drifting ice, debris, etc.

Origin of starling

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First recorded in 1675–85; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for starling (1 of 3)

starling

1
/ (ˈstɑːlɪŋ) /

noun

any gregarious passerine songbird of the Old World family Sturnidae, esp Sturnus vulgaris, which has a blackish plumage and a short tail

Word Origin for starling

Old English stærlinc, from stær starling (related to Icelandic stari) + -line -ling 1

British Dictionary definitions for starling (2 of 3)

starling

2
/ (ˈstɑːlɪŋ) /

noun

an arrangement of piles that surround a pier of a bridge to protect it from debris, etc

Word Origin for starling

C17: probably changed from staddling, from staddle

British Dictionary definitions for starling (3 of 3)

Starling

/ (ˈstɑːlɪŋ) /

noun

Ernest Henry . 1866–1927, British physiologist, who contributed greatly to the understanding of many bodily functions and with William Bayliss (1860–1924) discovered the hormone secretin (1902)
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Word Origin and History for starling

starling


n.

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").

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Medicine definitions for starling

Starling

[ stärlĭng ]
Sir Ernest 1866-1927

British physiologist. With Sir William Bayliss he discovered (1902) the hormone secretin.
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