from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various blackbirds of the genus Molothrus, especially the common North American species M. ater, that lay their eggs in the nests of other birds and are often seen accompanying herds of grazing cattle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small North American blackbird (Molothrus ater) that lays its eggs in the nests of other birds.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The cow blackbird (Molothrus ater), an American starling. Like the European cuckoo, it builds no nest, but lays its eggs in the nests of other birds; -- so called because frequently associated with cattle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An oscine passerine bird of America, belonging to the family Icteridæ and genus Molothrus; especially, M. ater or M. pecoris, so called from its accompanying cattle.
- n. A name sometimes given in Great Britain to the rose-colored pastor, Pastor (Thremmaphilus) roseus. Macgillivray.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. North American blackbird that follows cattle and lays eggs in other birds' nests
From their habit of staying with cattle.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)