AskDefine | Define ouzel

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ouzel n : common black European thrush [syn: blackbird, merl, merle, ousel, European blackbird, Turdus merula]

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Old English ōsle

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  1. An aquatic perching bird of the genus Cinclus.


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Ouzel or Ousel may refer to the following European birds:
  • Ouzel, an old and now rarely used name for the Blackbird, a species of thrush, all-black in the male
  • Ring Ouzel, a thrush related to the Blackbird, black in the male with a white crescent on the chest
  • Water Ouzel, an alternative name for the White-throated Dipper, a dark waterside bird with a white throat, superficially like a thrush though not closely related
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