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Definition of starling
- a gregarious Old World songbird with a straight bill, typically with dark lustrous or iridescent plumage but sometimes brightly coloured.
- Family Sturnidae (the starling family): many genera and numerous species, in particular the speckled common (or European) starling (Sturnus vulgaris), widely introduced elsewhere. The starling family also includes the mynahs, grackles, and (usually) the oxpeckers
Old English stærlinc, from stær 'starling' (of Germanic origin) + -ling