Origin of 'graculina'

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Subject: Origin of 'graculina'
From: Paul Taylor <>
Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2006 13:39:28 +1100
Cas and Lisa Liber wrote:
Does anyone know the origin of this - is it just 'grackle-like' ? I thought
this but  the actual grackle genus is called something completely different.

It probably related to the Latin "graculus" for a jackdaw or jay.

The key seems to be this Indo-European root, meaning "to cry hoarsely":

From it is derived crane, crake, crow, crack, croon, grus, grackle etc.


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