Ousel Ou"sel ([oo^]"z'l), n. [OE. osel, AS. [=o]sle; akin to G. amsel, OHG. amsala, and perh. to L. merula blackbird. Cf. {Merle}, {Amsel}.] (Zo["o]l.) One of several species of European thrushes, especially the blackbird ({Merula merula}, or {Turdus merula}), and the mountain or ring ousel ({Turdus torquatus}). [Written also {ouzel}.] [1913 Webster]

{Rock ousel} (Zo["o]l.), the ring ousel.

{Water ousel} (Zo["o]l.), the European dipper ({Cinclus aquaticus}), and the American dipper ({Cinclus Mexicanus}). [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Ouzel — Ou zel, n. (Zo[ o]l.) Same as {Ousel}. [1913 Webster] The mellow ouzel fluted in the elm. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ouzel — (n.) O.E. osle blackbird, from W.Gmc. *amslon (Cf. O.H.G. amsala, Ger. amsel), probably from PIE *ams black, blackbird (Cf. L. merula blackbird, Welsh mwyalch blackbird, thrush, Bret. moualch ouzel ) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • ouzel — n. (also ousel) 1 = ring ouzel (see RING(1)). 2 = water ouzel. 3 archaic a blackbird. Etymology: OE osle blackbird, of unkn. orig …   Useful english dictionary

  • ouzel — also ousel noun Etymology: Middle English ousel, from Old English ōsle more at merle Date: before 12th century 1. a. blackbird 1a b. ring ouzel 2. dipper 1 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ouzel — noun /ˈuːz(ə)l/ a) The (European) blackbird, Turdus merula. b) An aquatic perching bird of the genus Cinclus. Syn: dipper, water ouzel …   Wiktionary

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