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Noun, Verb (transitive)


     In England, a species of thrush (Turdus merula), a singing bird with a fin note; the merle. In America the name is given to several birds, as the Quiscalus versicolor, or crow blackbird; the Agelæus phœniceus, or red-winged blackbird; the cowbird; the rusty grackle, etc. See Redwing.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Among slavers and pirates, a negro or Polynesian.  [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  •  A native of any of the islands near Queensland; -- called also Kanaka.  [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
blackbirdv. i. 
     to engage in the slave trade.  [PJC]


blackbird, n.
1 a common thrush, Turdus merula, of which the male is black with an orange beak.
2 US any of various birds, esp. a grackle, with black plumage.
3 hist. a kidnapped Negro or Polynesian on a slave-ship.

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