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jackdaw

[ jak-daw ]
/ ˈdʒækˌdɔ /
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noun

a glossy, black, European bird, Corvus monedula, of the crow family, that nests in towers, ruins, etc.

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Origin of jackdaw

First recorded in 1535–45; jack1 + daw
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jackdaw
/ (ˈdʒækˌdɔː) /

noun

a large common Eurasian passerine bird, Corvus monedula, in which the plumage is black and dark grey: noted for its thieving habits: family Corvidae (crows)

Word Origin for jackdaw

C16: from jack 1 + daw
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