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Definition of "blackbird" [black•bird]

  • Any of various New World birds of the family Icteridae, such as the grackle or red-winged blackbird, the male of which has black or predominantly black plumage. (noun)
  • An Old World songbird (Turdus merula), the male of which is black with a yellow bill. Also called merle1. (noun)
  • Australian A South Sea Islander kidnapped and sold into slavery in Australia; a Kanaka. (noun)
  • Australian To kidnap (a South Sea Islander) and sell into slavery. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "blackbird" in a sentence
  • "The Totalitarian Temptation from Locke to Lucianne. the blackbird is involved Says:"
  • "The blackbird was the first to take the alarm from the jay, and away he flew, crying, "Kink, kink, kink," as he started from his nest in a great ivy tod on an old pollard-tree."
  • "It was the edge of a piece of woods, and a blackbird was again heard saluting them."