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[chuhf] /tʃʌf/
any of several crowlike Old World birds, especially Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax, of Europe.
Origin of chough
1275-1325; Middle English choghe; akin to Old English cēo, Dutch kauw, Danish kaa Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But of the chough in captivity or as a domesticated bird we know little now, as no records have been preserved.

  • Angelo, the would-be Puritan ruler, was a "false seemer," Malvolio was a "chough."

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • We had, indeed, heard its name in an old song or glee, called the "chough and Crow;" or that begins with those words.

    Live Toys Emma Davenport
  • We were told that to this day no Cornishman likes to shoot a chough or a raven.

  • I experimented on a Cornish chough — an old specimen, infested with maggots or larvae of the "clothes" moth.

    Practical Taxidermy Montagu Browne
  • "Come and see," croaked the chough, hopping towards the door.

    Cornish Saints and Sinners J. Henry Harris
  • But for that dead rascal at our feet I could beyond a doubt have plucked him like a chough, and here I was, still penniless.

    The Yeoman Adventurer George W. Gough
  • "Now the chough is protected by Act of Parliament," said Guy.

    Cornish Saints and Sinners J. Henry Harris
  • The head of the chough, like the rest of its body, is perfectly black.

    The Ornithology of Shakespeare James Edmund Harting
  • The chough appears to be a sedentary species in all parts of its distribution.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
British Dictionary definitions for chough


a large black passerine bird, Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax, of parts of Europe, Asia, and Africa, with a long downward-curving red bill: family Corvidae (crows)
alpine chough, a smaller related bird, Pyrrhocorax graculus, with a shorter yellow bill
Word Origin
C14: of uncertain origin; probably related to Old French cauwe, Old English cēo
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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