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English definition of “starling”


noun [C] uk   /ˈstɑː.lɪŋ/ us    /ˈstɑːr-/
a common bird with black or dark brown feathers that lives in large groups in many parts of the worldOther wild birdsBirds which live by or on inland waterBirds of prey
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