• synonyms

bird call

or bird·call

  1. a sound made by a bird.
  2. a sound imitating that of a bird.
  3. a device used to imitate the sound of a bird.
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Origin of bird call

First recorded in 1615–25
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Examples from the Web for bird call

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • A Bird-call is here also necessary, or your own industrious skill in the Notes of several Birds.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for bird call

bird call

  1. the characteristic call or song of a bird
  2. an imitation of this
  3. an instrument imitating the call of a bird, used esp by hunters or bird-catchers
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