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cuckoo clock

a wall or shelf clock, often carved and decorated, that announces the hours by a sound like the call of the cuckoo, usually accompanied by the appearance of an imitation bird through a little door.
Origin of cuckoo clock
First recorded in 1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The cuckoo clock struck nine, and Claude made a gesture of annoyance.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • Perhaps it was only the striking of the cuckoo clock in my room.

  • At stated periods it makes a noise exactly like a cuckoo clock.

    Voyage of H.M.S. Pandora Edward Edwards
  • Lighting his lamp, he looked at the cuckoo clock upon the wall.

    The Music Master

    Charles Klein
  • His fur-lined coat was gone; and the cuckoo clock, what had become of it?

    The Music Master

    Charles Klein
  • All was silent, save the tick-tick of the cuckoo clock in the corner.

    The Cuckoo Clock Mrs. Molesworth
  • So I bought the cuckoo clock; and if I ever get home with it, he is "my meat," as they say in the mines.

    A Tramp Abroad, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • When one hears the European cuckoo he regrets that he has ever heard a cuckoo clock.

    Fresh Fields

    John Burroughs
  • "I saved the cuckoo clock and that set of Swiss bears," said Wally.

    Back To Billabong Mary Grant Bruce
  • I sat down opposite her and glanced at a cuckoo clock on the wall.

    The Man in Lower Ten Mary Roberts Rinehart
British Dictionary definitions for cuckoo clock

cuckoo clock

a clock in which a mechanical cuckoo pops out with a sound like a cuckoo's call when the clock strikes
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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