a perennial iris, Belamcanda chinensis, having globose seeds resembling blackberries and orange, lilylike flowers with red spots.
one of the four elemental bodily humors of medieval physiology, regarded as causing gloominess. Historical Examples Gilbertus Anglicus Henry Ebenezer Handerson noun (archaic) one of the four bodily humours; melancholy See humour (sense 8)
a black-billed North American cuckoo, Coccyzus erythropthalmus, that, unlike most cuckoos, constructs its own nest and rears its own young. Historical Examples The Burgess Bird Book for Children Thornton W. Burgess Dooryard Stories Clara Dillingham Pierson Birds Every Child Should Know Neltje Blanchan Spring notes from Tennessee Bradford Torrey
See under magpie (def 1). either of two corvine birds, Pica pica (black-billed magpie) of Eurasia and North America, or P. nuttalli (yellow-billed magpie) of California, having long, graduated tails, black-and-white plumage, and noisy, mischievous habits. any of several related corvine birds. any of several black-and-white birds not related to the true magpies, as Gymnorhina […]
a weedy twining vine, Polygonum convolvulus, native to Europe and widely naturalized in North America. black bryony. noun a twining polygonaceous European plant, Polygonum convolvulus, with heart-shaped leaves and triangular black seed pods