Pronunciation: (stär'ling),[key] —n. 1. a chunky, medium-sized European passerine bird, Sturnus vulgaris, of iridescent black plumage with seasonal speckles, that nests in colonies: introduced into North America.
2. any of various similar Old World birds of the family Sturnidae.
Pronunciation: (stär'ling),[key] —n. a pointed cluster of pilings for protecting a bridge pier from drifting ice, debris, etc.