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bulbul (ˈbʊlbʊl Pronunciation for bulbul



  1. any songbird of the family Pycnonotidae of tropical Africa and Asia, having brown plumage and, in many species, a distinct crest
  2. a songbird, taken to be the nightingale, often mentioned in Persian poetry

Word Origin

C18: via Persian from Arabic

Example Sentences Including 'bulbul'

A tiny bird, smaller than a bulbul , has bird-lovers in Delhi all aflutter.
India Today (1996)
In Singapore, songbirds such as the popular red-whiskered bulbul from Thailand are included in the ban.
New Zealand Herald (2004)
She related in her letter of 1 April 1717, that the bulbul sang as sweetly as it did to describe its love for the rose.
Kabbani, Rana Imperial Fictions - Europe's Myths of Orient


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