• WordNet 3.6
    • n oriole American songbird; male is black and orange or yellow
    • n oriole mostly tropical songbird; the male is usually bright orange and black
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Oriole's nest Oriole's nest
oriole on nest in tree oriole on nest in tree

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Baltimore Orioles opened the 1988 baseball season by losing the first 21 games and 107 altogether for the entire season
    • n Oriole (Zoöl) Any one of various species of Old World singing birds of the family Oriolidæ. They are usually conspicuously colored with yellow and black. The European or golden oriole (Oriolus galbula, or Oriolus oriolus) has a very musical flutelike note.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n oriole A bird of Europe, Oriolus galbula, so called from its rich yellow color massed with black; also, any bird of the family Oriolidœ. The common Indian oriole is O, kundoo, and many similar birds are found in the Oriental, Ethiopian, and Australian regions.
    • n oriole Any American hangnest of the family Icteridœ and subfamily lcterinœ, as the Baltimore oriole and orchard-oriole. These birds belong to an entirely different family from orioles properly so called, and indeed to a different series of passerine birds, and they are exclusively American. They are sometimes distinguished as American orioles. The species are numerous, mostly of beautiful yellow or orange and black coloration. See orchard-oriole.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Oriole ōr′i-ōl the golden thrush.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. oriol, oriouz, orieus, F. loriot,for l'oriol,), fr. L. aureolus, golden, dim. of aureus, golden, fr. aurum, gold. Cf. Aureole Oriel Loriot
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. oriol—L. aureolus, dim. of aureus, golden—aurum, gold.


In literature:

But to-morrow when we go out for the oriole's nest, I am going to take your old kodak!
"The Short Cut" by Jackson Gregory
True jays and orioles are also well represented.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
Why does the beaver build his dam, and the oriole hang her nest?
"The Mind and Its Education" by George Herbert Betts
The oriole in her nest-building seems more fickle than most other birds.
"The Wit of a Duck and Other Papers" by John Burroughs
The orioles are beautiful, are sweet singers, and no exception can be taken to their food habits.
"Checking the Waste" by Mary Huston Gregory
The Baltimore Oriole also is fond of rifling these webs.
"The Bird Study Book" by Thomas Gilbert Pearson
A few men moved about like dull-coated robins surrounded by orioles and canary birds.
"The Eagle's Heart" by Hamlin Garland
Robins and orioles, and others, creep into the thick branches of an evergreen tree, close up to the trunk.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
Been watching the orioles that are bringing up a family out in that tree.
"The Opened Shutters" by Clara Louise Burnham
Take a dog and an oriole as good examples of the two extremes.
"The Log of the Sun" by William Beebe

In poetry:

And hark! and hark! the woodland rings;
There thrilled the thrush's soul;
And look! that flash of flamy wings,--
The fire-plumed oriole!
"After A Lecture On Wordsworth" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
The oriole's fledglings fifty times
Have flown from our familiar elms;
As many poets with their rhymes
Oblivion's darkling dust o'erwhelms.
"To Holmes: On His Seventy-Fifth Birthday" by James Russell Lowell
And from the thorn it loves so well,
The oriole flings out its strong,
Sharp lay, wrought in the crucible
Of its flame-circled soul of song.
"The Blue Heron" by Maurice Thompson
'"Come out!" with me the oriole cries,
Escape the demon that pursues you:
And, hark, the cuckoo weather-wise,
Still hiding farther onward, wooes you.'
"The Nightingale In The Study" by James Russell Lowell
The bobolink chatters in notes of perfection,
The oriole sings a love-song to his mate,
The whippoorwill clings to his perch for protection,
The crow laughs ha! ha! when the evening grows late.
"The Second Sunday In May" by Jared Barhite
Down the eager rivers make the glory of the story roll!
Waken joyful shivers in the green gold hush!
Set it to the warble of the early morning oriole!
Fill it with the tender, kissing rapture of the thrush!
"The News" by John Gneisenau Neihardt

In news:

Baltimore, MD – Jason Hammel tossed eight outstanding innings on Friday as the Baltimore Orioles edged the Beltway-rival Washington Nationals, 2-1, in the opener of a three-game interleague series at Camden Yards.
Hammel strikes out 10 in Orioles' win against Nationals.
Suffice to say that these days, Orioles starter Jason Hammel is making room for himself.
The Baltimore Orioles reinstated pitcher Jason Hammel from the 15-day disabled list Thursday, in time for his start in the opener of a key four-game series against the New York Yankees.
DENVER – The Colorado Rockies acquired veteran right-hander Jeremy Guthrie from the Baltimore Orioles on Monday, a move that bolsters their young rotation.
Orioles' Hammel could undergo knee surgery.
Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel is considering surgery on his ailing right knee, a procedure that could sideline him for six weeks.
Final grades for Baltimore Orioles telecasts on MASN.
Hondo had high hopes for the Orioles last night, but they failed to take flight in Texas, which caused the deficit to bounce back up to 2,190 colemans.
Hooded oriole with green grasshopper.
The Orioles are flirting with irrelevance , again.
It's been an up and down first half of the season for the Baltimore Orioles.
After a fast start, recently the team has been looking somewhat like the Orioles of past years.
With the Orioles being so close the Yankees need to win seven of their remaining eight games.

In science:

In Jaroslav Nesetril, Marc Noy, and Oriol Serra, editors, Comb01, Euroconference on Combinatorics, Graph Theory and Applications, volume 10 of Electronic Notes in Discrete Mathematics, 2001.
Generating connected acyclic digraphs uniformly at random
Meanwhile we have also benefited from stimulating discussions with Marc Bocquet, Eug`ene Bogomolny, Oriol Bohigas, H´el`ene Bouchiat, Markus B¨uttiker, David Dean, Richard Deblock, Meydi Ferrier, Sophie Gu´eron, Jean-Marc Luck, Gleb Oshanin, Leonid Pastur and Denis Ullmo.
Functionals of the Brownian motion, localization and metric graphs
The authors wants to warmly thank Oriol Bohigas and Eug`ene Bogomolny for useful discussions.
Generalized random matrix conjecture for chaotic systems
The authors acknowledge helpful discussions with Oriol Bohigas and Satya N Ma jumdar.
Distribution of Schmidt-like eigenvalues for Gaussian Ensembles of the Random Matrix Theory
Daniel Král’, Oriol Serra, and Lluís Vena. A combinatorial proof of the removal lemma for groups.
Testing Linear-Invariant Non-Linear Properties