oriole definition

  • noun:
    • Any of different old-world passerine wild birds of this family Oriolidae, that the men are characteristically black colored and brilliant yellowish or orange.
    • some of different comparable New World wild birds of this family members Icteridae.
    • some of various colourful passerine birds, the latest World orioles through the family Icteridae in addition to Old World orioles through the family Oriolidae.
    • Any one of various species of Old World singing birds of the family Oriolidæ. They are usually conspicuously colored with yellow and black. The European or golden oriole (Oriolus galbula, or Oriolus oriolus) has a very musical flutelike note.
    • In The Us, anybody of a number of types of the genus Icterus, of the family Icteridæ. See Baltimore oriole, and Orchard oriole, under orchard.
    • A bird of European Countries, Oriolus galbula, so called from the rich yellowish shade massed with black; in addition, any bird associated with family members Oriolidœ.
    • Any US hangnest of family members Icteridœ and subfamily lcterinœ, once the Baltimore oriole and orchard-oriole.
    • mainly exotic songbird; the male is normally bright lime and black
    • United states songbird; male is black colored and orange or yellowish

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