Among slavers and pirates a negro or Polynesian
- to take part in the slave-trade
- In The united kingdomt a types of thrush Turdus merula a singing bird with a fin note the merle in the usa title is provided to a number of wild birds due to the fact Quiscalus versicolor or crow blackbird the Agelaeligus phoeligniceus or red-winged blackbird the cowbird the rusty grackle an such like See Redwing
- any bird of this family Icteridae whoever male is black or predominantly black colored
- typical black colored European thrush
- In England, a species of thrush (Turdus merula), au000du000a performing bird with a fin note; the merle. In the us the name is offeredu000du000a to several wild birds, while the Quiscalus versicolor, or crow blackbird; theu000du000a Agelaeus phoeniceus, or red-winged blackbird; the cowbird; the rustyu000du000a grackle, etc. See Redwing.
belated 15c. (late 13c. as a surname), from black colored (adj.) + bird (n.1). OED states so named if you are the actual only real "black" (actually brownish) bird one of the songbirds, reflecting an older sense of bird that would not feature rooks, crows, ravens.
The blackbird is found in every country of Europe, even breeding - although rarely - beyond the arctic circle, and in eastern Asia as well as in North Africa and the Atlantic islands.