any of an Old World family (Sturnidae) of dark-colored passerine birds with a short tail, long wings, and a sharp, pointed bill; esp., the common starling (Sturnus vulgaris) with iridescent plumage, introduced into the U.S.
Origin of starlingMiddle English ; from Old English stærlinc, diminutive of stær, starling ; from Indo-European an unverified form stor(n)os, starling, bird with similar cry from source Classical Latin sturnus
A protective structure of pilings surrounding a pier of a bridge.
Origin of starlingPerhaps alteration of Middle English stadelinge, from stathel, foundation, from Old English stathol; see sta- in Indo-European roots.
Any of various passerine birds of the family Sturnidae, native to the Eastern Hemisphere and characteristically having a short tail, pointed wings, and dark, often iridescent plumage, especially Sturnus vulgaris, widely naturalized worldwide.
Origin of starlingMiddle English, from Old English stærlinc : stær, starling + -linc, noun suff.; see –ling1.
From Old English stÃ¦rlinc, from stÃ¦r (“starling") + -linc (“dimunitive suffix")