a wall or shelf clock, often carved and decorated, that announces the hours by a sound like the call of the cuckoo, usually accompanied by the appearance of an imitation bird through a little door.
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How to use cuckoo clock in a sentence
From the point of view of the Notre Dame football team, that had to be something of a relief: She was an unbalanced cuckoo clock.
A lovely bracket of carved wood fixed to the wall held a cheap cuckoo-clock from Switzerland.Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
At stated periods it makes a noise exactly like a cuckoo clock.Voyage of H.M.S. Pandora | Edward Edwards
I can almost hear the cuckoo clock ticking against the wall.'
A cuckoo clock and a few hooks of chamois horn carry out the effect.Household Organization | Florence Caddy
"Your grace has missed the last train," said Lady Belgrade, at length, as the little cuckoo clock on the mantel shelf struck ten.The Lost Lady of Lone | E.D.E.N. Southworth
British Dictionary definitions for cuckoo clock
a clock in which a mechanical cuckoo pops out with a sound like a cuckoo's call when the clock strikes
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