- any of several cuckoos of the genus Eudynamys, of India, the Malay Archipelago, and Australia.
Origin of koel
1820–30; < Hindi < Sanskrit kokila
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Examples from the Web for koel
The koel (Eudynamis honorata) occurs on the Nilgiris and has been shot at Ootacamund.Birds of the Indian Hills
So that the statement now in Koel may refer to a time later than his capture.The Bbur-nma in English
Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
Again, the Indian koel (Eudynamis honorata) certainly migrates.
The koel (Eudynamis honorata) is perhaps the most interesting of our summer visitors.
The second of the great triumvirate is the Indian koel (Eudynamis honorata).
- any of several parasitic cuckoos of the genus Eudynamys, esp E. scolopacea, of S and SE Asia and Australia
C19: from Hindi, from Sanskrit kokila
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