Starling meaning

stär'lĭng
A protective structure of pilings surrounding a pier of a bridge.
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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.
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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.
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A family, Sturnidae, of passerine birds.
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A structure of pilings that protects the piers of a bridge.
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A California fish, the rock trout, Hexagrammus, especially, Hexagrammus decagrammus, the boregatorbodieron.
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An English surname from a nickname for a gregarious person.
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A male given name transferred from the surname.
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Origin of starling

  • Perhaps alteration of Middle English stadelinge from stathel foundation from Old English stathol stā- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English from Old English stærlinc stær starling -linc noun suff. –ling1
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old English stærlinc, from stær (“starling") + -linc (“dimunitive suffix")
    From Wiktionary