• WordNet 3.6
    • n ouzel common black European thrush
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ouzel (Zoöl) Same as Ousel. "The mellow ouzel fluted in the elm."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ouzel The blackbird, Merula merula, Turdus merula, or Merula vulgaris, a kind of thrush. Also called amzel. See cut under blackbird.
    • n ouzel Some other thrush or thrush-like bird, as the ring-ouzel, Turdus torquatus or Merula torquata. See cut in next column.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ouzel ōō′zl a kind of thrush—also Ou′sel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ósle; cog. with Ger. amsel.


In literature:

He is otherwise called the rose-coloured ouzel or starling.
"Dynevor Terrace (Vol. I)" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Strange to say, I did not see even the water-ouzels, though they must have greatly enjoyed the storm.
"The Yosemite" by John Muir
And again, where the ring-ouzel is common, the thrush will get its brief song exactly.
"Birds in Town and Village" by W. H. Hudson
At one place they are so numerous as to have led to the naming of a beautiful waterfall, Ouzel Falls, after them.
"The Lake of the Sky" by George Wharton James
Water-ouzels, white-fronted Sylvia occur.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
The principal tributary it receives within the county is the Ouzel.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
But I have never seen a water-ouzel alive.
"Love's Meinie" by John Ruskin
I thought I guessed what black ouzel 'twas!
"The Armourer's Prentices" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Although they were the first of the kind that I had ever seen alive, I at once recognized the feathered visitors to be water ouzels.
"The Black Wolf Pack" by Dan Beard
The grey-winged ouzel is a near relative of the English blackbird.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar