<zoology> One of several species of European thrushes, especially the blackbird (Merula merula, or Turdus merula), and the mountain or ring ousel (Turdus torquatus).

<zoology> Alternative forms: ouzel] Rock ousel, the European dipper (Cinclus aquaticus), and the American dipper (C. Mexicanus).

Origin: OE. Osel, AS. Sle; akin to G. Amsel, OHG. Amsala, and perh. To L. Merula blackbird. Cf. Merle, Amsel.

(01 Mar 1998)

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