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koel

[koh-uh l] /ˈkoʊ əl/
noun
1.
any of several cuckoos of the genus Eudynamys, of India, the Malay Archipelago, and Australia.
Origin of koel
1820-1830
1820-30; < Hindi < Sanskrit kokila
Can be confused
coal, koel, kohl.
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Examples from the Web for koel
Historical Examples
  • The koel (Eudynamis honorata) occurs on the Nilgiris and has been shot at Ootacamund.

  • 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.

    Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
  • The koel (Eudynamis honorata) is perhaps the most interesting of our summer visitors.

    Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
  • The second of the great triumvirate is the Indian koel (Eudynamis honorata).

    Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
  • And, if one may judge from their behaviour, they suspect the koel.

    Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
  • When first hatched the koel has a black skin, the crow a pink one.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • Anglo-Indians frequently confound the koel with the brain-fever bird.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • So much for the voice of the koel, now for a description of the singer.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • Crows appear to dislike the cry of the koel quite as much as men do.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
British Dictionary definitions for koel

koel

/ˈkəʊəl/
noun
1.
any of several parasitic cuckoos of the genus Eudynamys, esp E. scolopacea, of S and SE Asia and Australia
Word Origin
C19: from Hindi, from Sanskrit kokila
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