[syn: New World oriole, American oriole, oriole]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Oriole \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.] (Zool.)
(a) Any one of various species of Old World singing birds of
the family Oriolidae. 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 Icteridae. See
Baltimore oriole, and Orchard oriole, under
Crested oriole. (Zool.) See Cassican.