[ koo-kuh l ]
/ ˈku kəl /


any of several Old World cuckoos of the genus Centropus, having harsh-textured plumage and a long, daggerlike hind claw.

Origin of coucal

1805–15; < French, said to be equivalent to couc(ou) cuckoo + al(ouette) lark Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for coucal

/ (ˈkuːkæl, -kəl) /


any ground-living bird of the genus Centropus, of Africa, S Asia, and Australia, having long strong legs: family Cuculidae (cuckoos)

Word Origin for coucal

C19: from French, perhaps from couc (ou) cuckoo + al (ouette) lark
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