any of several blackbirds somewhat smaller than a crow; esp., the common grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)
Origin of grackleClassical Latin graculus, jackdaw from Indo-European echoic base an unverified form ger- from source crane, crow
- Any of several blackbirds of the family Icteridae found throughout the Americas, especially those of the genus Quiscalus, having iridescent blackish plumage.
- Any of several Asian mynas of the genus Gracula.
Origin of grackleNew Latin Grācula genus name from Latin grāculus jackdaw ; see gerə-2 in Indo-European roots.