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 (Sturnus vulgaris) with iridescent plumage, introduced into the U.S., where it is now often a pest
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
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.
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 stā- in Indo-European roots.
From Old English stærlinc, from stær (“starling”) + -linc (“dimunitive suffix”)