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coucal

[ koo-kuhl ]
/ ˈku kəl /
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noun
any of several Old World cuckoos of the genus Centropus, having harsh-textured plumage and a long, daggerlike hind claw.
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Origin of coucal

1805–15; <French, said to be equivalent to couc(ou) cuckoo + al(ouette) lark
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British Dictionary definitions for coucal

coucal
/ (ˈkuːkæl, -kəl) /

noun
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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