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star·ling / ˈstärling/ • n. a gregarious Old World songbird (Sturnus and other genera) with a straight bill, typically with dark lustrous or iridescent plumage but sometimes brightly colored. The starling family also includes the mynahs, grackles, and (usually) the oxpeckers. star·ling2 • n. a wooden pile erected with others around or just upstream of a bridge or pier to protect it from the current or floating objects.

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starling, any of a group of originally Old World birds that have become distributed worldwide. Starlings were released in New York City in 1890; since then the common, or European, starling (Sturnus vulgaris) has spread throughout North America. They often collect in loud, noisy flocks. Starlings destroy some insects, but they are generally considered a nuisance and an agricultural pest because they drive away smaller, desirable birds and damage fruit trees and other crops. They have iridescent, blackish plumage and a long bill which is yellow in spring and summer. They mimic bird songs and other sounds. Starlings are classified in the phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Passeriformes, family Sturnidae.

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starling Any of several species of small, aggressive birds found throughout the world. The common Eurasian starling, Sturnus vulgaris, is mottled black and brown. It feeds on the ground on insects and fruit, often damaging crops. Length: to 36cm (14in). Family Sturnidae.

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starling.
1. Protective piles round the piers of a river-bridge, or a pointed projection of the pier called cut-water.

2. Breakwater formed of piles driven closely side by side in hydraulic constructions.

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starling Late OE. stærlinc, f. stær starling, corr. to MLG. star, OHG. star m., stara fem. (G. sta(h)r), ON. stari :- Gmc. *staraz, -ōn, -an-, rel. to L. sturnus; see -LING1.

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starlings See STURNIDAE.

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