• What larks! Killed four-and-twenty blackbirds all in a row! at one shot!!!
    What larks! Killed four-and-twenty blackbirds all in a row! at one shot!!!
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Blackbirder blăk"bẽrd*ẽr A slave ship; a slaver.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n blackbirder A slaver; a slave-ship.
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In literature:

The robin, the thrush, the blackbird, the linnet, the sparrow, he knew it was a sin to deprive of their liberty.
"Kindness to Animals" by Charlotte Elizabeth
Blackbird, Omaha chief, grave of, 311.
"Pathfinders of the West" by A. C. Laut
It is not us that does; it's them birds, especially the thrushes and blackbirds.
"Woodside" by Caroline Hadley
It were fair deafenin', just as if there were a blackbird in ivery bush alang t' beck.
"More Tales of the Ridings" by Frederic Moorman
Recent investigations tend to prove that the Grackle or Crow-Blackbird does more good than harm and should be protected.
"A Book of Natural History" by Various
And what without the blackbird and its rivalry of song were the reawakening of the woods in spring?
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
One of the gayest of the singers is the redwing blackbird.
"The Story of My Boyhood and Youth" by John Muir
Suppose you should see a blackbird running a race down the street with a sparrow, what would you call it?
"Prudence of the Parsonage" by Ethel Hueston
So we sold Pinky for $200 Mex to Don Luiz Miguel y Orena, an' sailed away for another flock o' blackbirds.
"Captain Scraggs" by Peter B. Kyne
Why, he c'n pick 'em off like blackbirds on a fence, from up there on the bench!
"Raw Gold" by Bertrand W. Sinclair

In poetry:

The King said he liked apples,
The Queen said she liked pears.
And what shall we do to the Blackbird
Who listens unawares.
"Child's Song" by Kate Greenaway
In the cool
of the day the garden
seems given over
to blackbirds. Yet
we know also that somewhere
there is a man in hiding.
"Thirteen Blackbirds Looking at a Man" by R S Thomas
Pretty little swallow, fly
Village doors and windows by,
Whisking oer the garden pales
Where the blackbird finds the snails;
"The Swallow" by John Clare
`The blackbird amid leafy trees,
The lark above the hill,
Let loose their carols when they please,
Are quiet when they will.
"The Fountain" by William Wordsworth
I hear the blackbird in the corn,
The locust in the haying;
And, like the fabled hunter's horn,
Old tunes my heart is playing.
"Burns" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I love to hear the Blackbird's note,
When warbling in the vale;
And Philomel's sweet tuneful throat
Resounding through the gale.
"Song II" by Elizabeth Beverley

In news:

' Blackbird ' was Darling's first choice.
How the CIA captured an A-12 Blackbird .
Thesps wing to indie ' Blackbird '.
One in a series of mysterious mass bird deaths in the past month was the product of a USDA avicide program, which began as operation Bye Bye Blackbird in the 1960s.
In 2009, USDA agents euthanized more than 4 million red-winged blackbirds , starlings, cowbirds, and grackles, primarily using pesticides that the government says are not harmful to pets or humans.
View full size Chuck Slusarczyk Jr Red-winged blackbirds are abundant across North America with an estimated 300 million birds at the close of the breeding season.
Blackbird 's integration with Active Directory Users and Computers.
There are two other available Blackbird modules that we did not test.
Mackie has introduced two new premium recording interfaces, additions to the Onyx family — the Onyx Blackjack and Onyx Blackbird .
The one-of-a-kind 2011 SR-71 " Blackbird " Mustang will go to the winning bidder at the Young Eagles Auction during EAA AirVenture 2010.
One-of-a-kind Ford SR-71 ' Blackbird ' Mustang up for Auction at EAA AirVenture 2010.
Courtesy of Jay and Kevin McGowan THE ADULT FEMALE red-winged blackbird usually returns to Cen´tral New York from the South this time of year, which is about two weeks after the males returned.
Kahan and Batali team up with Wilco member for Blackbird benefit.
Doug Bolton talks with Joel Hoffman, president of Chamber Music Cincinnati, on Eighth Blackbird , a contemporary chamber music group.
Birgitta ( Blackbird 's women's shop-in-shop) is closing after tonight…but the bright side: HUGE discounts.