Oriole



[awr-ee-ohl, ohr-] /ˈɔr iˌoʊl, ˈoʊr-/

noun
1.
any of several usually brightly colored, passerine birds of the family Oriolidae, of the Old World.
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2.
any of several brightly colored passerine birds of the family Icteridae, of the New World.
/ˈɔːrɪˌəʊl/
noun
1.
any songbird of the mainly tropical Old World family Oriolidae, such as Oriolus oriolus (golden oriole), having a long pointed bill and a mostly yellow-and-black plumage
2.
any American songbird of the family Icteridae, esp those of the genus Icterus, such as the Baltimore oriole, with a typical male plumage of black with either orange or yellow
n.

1776, from French oriol “golden oriole,” Old Provençal auriol, from Medieval Latin oryolus, from Latin aureolus “golden,” from PIE *aus- “gold” (see aureate). Originally in reference to the golden oriole (Oriolus galbula), a bird of black and yellow plumage that summers in Europe (but is uncommon in England). Applied from 1791 to the unrelated but similarly colored North American species Icterus baltimore.

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