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., where it is now often a pest
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Word origin of 'starling'ME < OE stærlinc, dim. of stær, starling < IE *stor(n)os, starling, bird with similar cry > L sturnus