- a sound made by a bird.
- a sound imitating that of a bird.
- a device used to imitate the sound of a bird.
Origin of bird call
First recorded in 1615–25
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Examples from the Web for bird call
There is the "Siegfried" bird-call running through my head again!An American Girl in Munich
Mabel W. Daniels
The falcon flew to another place and gave her bird-call again.The King of Ireland's Son
A Bird-call is here also necessary, or your own industrious skill in the Notes of several Birds.The School of Recreation (1696 edition)
Hugues uttered a bird-call, which had been one of his signals to Mathilde in their meetings.The Bright Face of Danger
Robert Neilson Stephens
The use of proper means to effect our purpose is enforced in the warning that "Fish are not to be caught with a bird-call."Proverb Lore
F. Edward Hulme
- the characteristic call or song of a bird
- an imitation of this
- an instrument imitating the call of a bird, used esp by hunters or bird-catchers
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