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Definition of "bulbul" [bul•bul]

  • Any of various passerine, chiefly tropical Old World songbirds of the family Pycnonotidae, having grayish or brownish plumage. (noun)
  • A songbird often mentioned in Persian poetry and thought to be a nightingale. (noun)

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 "bulbul" in a sentence
  • "Sultan's temper was sometimes fiery, said foreign officials of the 1960s, but his habit of working long into the night earned him the nickname "bulbul" or "nightingale"."
  • "The "bulbul" is a "species of the sub-family pycnonoti of the Thrush family, admired in the East for their song as the nightingale is in Europe.""
  • "They pass as far South as Shiraz, where they meet the plump little Indian bulbul, which is often mistaken for the Shiraz poets 'singing-bird."