grackle definition

  • noun:
    • some of a number of United states blackbirds regarding the household Icteridae, particularly of genus Quiscalus, having iridescent blackish plumage. Also known as crow blackbird.
    • some of a few Asian mynas of the genus Gracula.
    • Any of several US blackbirds for the genus Quiscalus having iridescent plumage
    • Any of a number of Asian myna wild birds of the genus Gracula
    • One of several American blackbirds, of the family Icteridæ; as, the rusty grackle (Scolecophagus Carolinus); the boat-tailed grackle (see Boat-tail); the purple grackle (Quiscalus quiscula, or Q. versicolor). See Crow blackbird, under crow.
    • An Asiatic bird of genus Gracula. See myna.
    • Some or any bird of this genus Gracula, or of 1 associated with the synonymous genera, of this old-world.
    • An American icterine passerine bird associated with family Icteridæ and chiefly of this subfamily Quiscalinæ: as, the purple grackle, or crowblackbird, Quiscalus purpureus (see cut under crow-blackbird); the boat-tailed or Texas grackle, Q. significant; the rusty grackle, Scolecophagus ferrugineus.
    • Also spelled grakle.
    • In angling, the name of an artificial fly used in bass-fishing.
    • glossy-black Asiatic starling frequently taught to mimic address
    • long-tailed American blackbird having iridescent black plumage

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