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blackbird

[DIE def. 1; OED different sp.] n. 1. a bird, Crotophaga ani, with a parrot-like beak: 1880 Rain crow or Blackbird (Cory 118). 1880 Birds called blackbirds that look like parrots and are in no way related to their English namesakes (Powles 60). = BLACK CROW, BLACK DAW, JACK DAWL, GRAVEYARD BIRD, RAIN-CROW, LONG-TAIL CROW

2. the red-winged blackbird, Agelaius phoeniceus: 1972 (Paterson 163). = POLICEMAN, RICE BIRD (Eleu., Long, White)

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Last update: 2012-01-07 12:45
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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