• WordNet 3.6
    • n grackle long-tailed American blackbird having iridescent black plumage
    • n grackle glossy black Asiatic starling often taught to mimic speech
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Grackle (Zoöl) One of several American blackbirds, of the family Icteridæ; as, the rusty grackle (Scolecophagus Carolinus); the boat-tailed grackle (see Boat-tail); the purple grackle (Quiscalus quiscula, or Q. versicolor). See Crow blackbird, under Crow.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n grackle Some or any bird of the genus Gracula, or of one of the synonymous genera, of the old world. The birds to which the name usually attaches are those of the genera Eulabes and Acridotheres in a large sense; but the application is vague and fluctuating. Gracula or Eulabes religiosa is the religious grackle, or mina (see cut under Eulabes); G. gryllivora or Acridotheres tristis is the Indian paradise-grackle.
    • n grackle An American icterine passerine bird of the family Icteridæ and chiefly of the subfamily Quiscalinæ: as, the purple grackle, or crowblackbird, Quiscalus purpureus (see cut under crow-blackbird); the boat-tailed or Texas grackle, Q. major; the rusty grackle, Scolecophagus ferrugineus.
    • n grackle Also spelled grakle.
    • n grackle In angling, the name of an artificial fly used in bass-fishing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Grackle grak′l the common name of many birds of the starling family, all tropical or subtropical
    • Grackle Also Grak′le
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. L. graculus, jackdaw


In literature:

You haven't the sense of a decerebrate Capellan grackle!
"The Lani People" by J. F. Bone
Creaker the Grackle with the sun shining on him was truly beautiful.
"The Burgess Bird Book for Children" by Thornton W. Burgess
A flock of grackles settled in a tall cypress, and for a time made the place loud.
"A Florida Sketch-Book" by Bradford Torrey
In the name of mystery, who is there in South Carolina who desires to kill grackles?
"Our Vanishing Wild Life" by William T. Hornaday
The purple grackles are a garrulous, gossipy set, as every one knows.
"Roof and Meadow" by Dallas Lore Sharp
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
The southern grackle or hill-myna.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
The western larks do not utter alarums of that kind, but a harsh "chack" instead, very similar to the call of the grackles.
"Birds of the Rockies" by Leander Sylvester Keyser
Findley saw Boat-tailed Grackles 2 mi.
"Birds from Coahuila, Mexico" by Emil K. Urban
Already they are invading the haunts of our grackles and redwings.
"The Log of the Sun" by William Beebe

In news:

Be More Pacific at the Volstead & new East Side King back at the Grackle .
East Side Show Room, Cheer Up's, Papi Tino's, Hotel Vegas, the Volstead, Gypsy Lounge, the Grackle , St Roch's Bar.
SX Showcase at CPC, Monolathe Records at Frank, and Gallardo Productions at The Grackle .
We found out they were Common Grackles , so I rushed to my trusty bird book to learn more about them.
Our grackles are purple and greenish around their necks.
I've not figured out which one is the female ­ but the grackles know, and that's as it should be.
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.
East Side Show Room, Cheer Up's, Papi Tino's, Hotel Vegas, the Volstead, Gypsy Lounge, the Grackle, St Roch's Bar.
Eric Griffey (Rivercrest Yacht Club) and singer-songwriter Carey Wolff (ex-Woodeye, The Grackles) are writing the scrip.
Behind him, abundance of ferns, a rock wall's coldness, never in sun, a few noisy grackles.