- a glossy, black, European bird, Corvus monedula, of the crow family, that nests in towers, ruins, etc.
- boat-tailed grackle.
Origin of jackdaw
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Examples from the Web for jackdaw
A Jackdaw once ran up to a Glow-Worm and was about to seize him.
Our jackdaw friend, for economic reasons, had found a lodging elsewhere.Recollections
David Christie Murray
He at once clipped the Jackdaw's wings, and taking him home at night, gave him to his children.Aesop's Fables
M is for Maja, learning to draw; N is for Nicholas, with a jackdaw.Aunt Kitty's Stories
“And the rabbits and the jackdaw and the owl,” added Ambrose.The Hawthorns
- 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)
C16: from jack 1 + daw
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Word Origin and History for jackdaw
In modern times, parrots are almost the only birds that have the gift of speech, though connoisseurs are not ignorant that starlings and jackdaws have good abilities in that way, when properly educated. ["Chambers' Home Book and Pocket Miscellany," 1853]
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