O"ri*ole(?), n. [OF. oriol, oriouz, orieus, F. loriot (for l'oriol), fr. L. aureolus golden, dim. of aureus golden, fr. aurum gold. Cf. Aureole, Oriel, Loriot.] (Zol.) (a) Any one of various species of Old World singing birds of the family Oriolid. They are usually conspicuously colored with yellow and black. The European or golden oriole (Oriolus galbula, or Oriolus oriolus) has a very musical flutelike note. (b) In America, any one of several species of the genus Icterus, belonging to the family Icterid. See Baltimore oriole, and Orchard oriole, under Orchard.
(Zol.) See Cassican.
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