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[woo d-lahrk]
  1. a small, European songbird, Lullula arborea, noted for its song in flight.
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Origin of woodlark

First recorded in 1275–1325, woodlark is from the Middle English word wodelarke. See wood1, lark1
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Examples from the Web for woodlark

Historical Examples of woodlark

  • He pointed out the woodlark and the blackcap to me, and told me where he had seen and heard them.

    Fresh Fields

    John Burroughs

  • Overhead a woodlark drifted in vast circles, singing as he flew.

    In the West Country

    Francis A. Knight

  • If a woodlark stirred, he saw the shadow of its wing flit from frond to frond.

  • The maiden laughed, a merry laughter like the lilt of a woodlark.

  • She awoke; the woodlark was singing in the near copse—the little birds were astir, and rustling in their leafy nests.

British Dictionary definitions for woodlark


  1. an Old World lark, Lullula arborea, similar to but slightly smaller than the skylark
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