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Meaning of STARLING

Pronunciation:  'stârling

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  gregarious birds native to the Old World

STARLING is a 8 letter word that starts with S.


 See Also: common starling, family Sturnidae, mina, minah, myna, myna bird, mynah, mynah bird, oscine, oscine bird, Pastor roseus, Pastor sturnus, rose-colored pastor, rose-colored starling, Sturnidae, Sturnus vulgaris



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Star"ling\, n. [OE. sterlyng, a dim. of OE. stare, AS.
st[ae]r; akin to AS. stearn, G. star, staar, OHG. stara,
Icel. starri, stari, Sw. stare, Dan. st[ae]r, L. sturnus. Cf.
{Stare} a starling.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) Any passerine bird belonging to {Sturnus} and
   allied genera. The European starling ({Sturnus vulgaris})
   is dark brown or greenish black, with a metallic gloss,
   and spotted with yellowish white. It is a sociable bird,
   and builds about houses, old towers, etc. Called also
   {stare}, and {starred}. The pied starling of India is
   {Sternopastor contra}.

2. (Zo["o]l.) A California fish; the rock trout.

3. A structure of piles driven round the piers of a bridge
   for protection and support; -- called also {sterling}.

{Rose-colored starling}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Pastor}.