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coucal

[koo-kuh l]
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noun
  1. any of several Old World cuckoos of the genus Centropus, having harsh-textured plumage and a long, daggerlike hind claw.
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Origin of coucal

1805–15; < French, said to be equivalent to couc(ou) cuckoo + al(ouette) lark
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Historical Examples

  • The coucal or crow-pheasant, for example, is divided up into three local races.

    Jungle Folk

    Douglas Dewar

  • The nest of the crow-pheasant or coucal is a massive structure, globular in shape, with the entrance at one side.

  • But the sight of an insect on the lawn causes the coucal to throw dignity to the winds.

  • But for the fact that the brown wings do not match well with the rest of the plumage, I should call the coucal a handsome bird.

    Jungle Folk

    Douglas Dewar

  • I have never actually observed it pick anything off a leaf, for the coucal is of a retiring disposition.

    Jungle Folk

    Douglas Dewar


British Dictionary definitions for coucal

coucal

noun
  1. any ground-living bird of the genus Centropus, of Africa, S Asia, and Australia, having long strong legs: family Cuculidae (cuckoos)
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Word Origin

C19: from French, perhaps from couc (ou) cuckoo + al (ouette) lark
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