• WordNet 3.6
    • n ousel common black European thrush
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ousel (Zoöl) One of several species of European thrushes, especially the blackbird (Merula merula, or Turdus merula), and the mountain or ring ousel (Turdus torquatus).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ousel See ouzel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Ousel . See Ouzel.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. osel, AS. ōsle,; akin to G. amsel, OHG. amsala, and perh. to L. merula, blackbird. Cf. Merle Amsel


In literature:

Blackbirds, ousels, and Rabbits, and sucking Tarts, twenty sorts.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
So also will Ousel, for his jockey doesn't understand a waiting race.
"Plain Tales from the Hills" by Rudyard Kipling
Blackbirds, ousels, and Rabbits, and sucking Tarts, twenty sorts.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book IV." by Francois Rabelais
Water-ousels or dippers are scarce; we have seen but one specimen in the last three years.
"A Cotswold Village" by J. Arthur Gibbs
He sang the song of the "ousel cock," but he could not make himself heard.
"The Last of the Peterkins" by Lucretia P. Hale
We now begin to expect our vernal migration of ring-ousels every week.
"The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1" by Gilbert White
The ousel cock so black of hue, MND.
"The Facts About Shakespeare" by William Allan Nielson
The water-ousel is frequently met with on the Forest brooks.
"The Forest of Dean An Historical and Descriptive Account" by H. G. Nicholls
One day, when walking up Ute Pass, celebrated both for its magnificent scenery and its Indian history, I first saw the water-ousel.
"Birds of the Rockies" by Leander Sylvester Keyser
It appears that redwings and fieldfares are caught by this method also, as well as a few ring-ousels and blackbirds.
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne

In poetry:

Over my head the woodland wall
Rises; the ousel sings to me.
Above my booklet lined for words
The woodland birds shake out their glee.
"The Scribe" by Anonymous Irish
The earliest sound that greeted me,
Was the ousel's ringing tone;
The earliest sight, lambs frisking free
Round barked oaks newly thrown.
"A Birthday" by Alfred Austin
From far green armouries of pools and meres
I'll reach for you my lucent sheaves of spears--
The singing falls,
Where the lone ousel calls.
"The Spirit Of The Earth" by Mary Webb
The ousel singing in the woods of Cilgwri,
Tirelessly as a stream over the mossed stones,
Is not so old as the toad of Cors Fochno
Who feels the cold skin sagging round his bones.
"The Ancients of the World" by R S Thomas
The toad and the ousel and the stag of Rhedynfre,
That has cropped each leaf from the tree of life,
Are not so old as the owl of Cwm Cowlyd,
That the proud eagle would have to wife.
"The Ancients of the World" by R S Thomas