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ˈstɑr lɪŋstar·ling

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. starling(noun)

    gregarious birds native to the Old World


  1. starling(Noun)

    A gregarious passerine bird, of the family Sturnidae, having dark, iridescent plumage

  2. starling(Noun)

    A structure of pilings that protects the piers of a bridge

  3. Starling(ProperNoun)

    from a nickname for a gregarious person.

  4. Starling(ProperNoun)

    transferred from the surname.

  5. Origin: From stærlinc, from stær + -linc

Webster Dictionary

  1. Starling(noun)

    any passerine bird belonging to Sturnus and allied genera. The European starling (Sturnus vulgaris) is dark brown or greenish black, with a metallic gloss, and spotted with yellowish white. It is a sociable bird, and builds about houses, old towers, etc. Called also stare, and starred. The pied starling of India is Sternopastor contra

  2. Starling(noun)

    a California fish; the rock trout

  3. Starling(noun)

    a structure of piles driven round the piers of a bridge for protection and support; -- called also sterling

  4. Origin: [OE. sterlyng, a dim. of OE. stare, AS. staer; akin to AS. stearn, G. star, staar, OHG. stara, Icel. starri, stari, Sw. stare, Dan. staer, L. sturnus. Cf. Stare a starling.]


  1. Starling

    Starlings are small to medium-sized passerine birds in the family Sturnidae. The name "Sturnidae" comes from the Latin word for starling, sturnus. Many Asian species, particularly the larger ones, are called mynas, and many African species are known as glossy starlings because of their iridescent plumage. Starlings are native to the Old World, from Europe, Asia and Africa, to northern Australia and the islands of the tropical Pacific. Several European and Asian species have been introduced to these areas as well as North America, Hawaii and New Zealand, where they generally compete for habitat with native birds and are considered to be invasive species. The starling species familiar to most people in Europe and North America is the Common Starling, and throughout much of Asia and the Pacific the Common Myna is indeed common. Starlings have strong feet, their flight is strong and direct, and they are very gregarious. Their preferred habitat is fairly open country, and they eat insects and fruit. Several species live around human habitation, and are effectively omnivores. Many species search for prey such as grubs by "open-bill probing", that is, forcefully opening the bill after inserting it into a crevice, thus expanding the hole and exposing the prey; this behavior is referred to by the German verb zirkeln.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Starling

    stärling, n. a genus Sturnus and family Sturnidæ of Passerine birds: (archit.) a ring of piles supporting the pier of a bridge. [Dim. from obs. stare—A.S. stær; Ger. staar, L. sturnus.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of starling in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of starling in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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