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