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[koh-uh l]
  1. any of several cuckoos of the genus Eudynamys, of India, the Malay Archipelago, and Australia.
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Origin of koel

1820–30; < Hindi < Sanskrit kokila
Can be confusedcoal koel kohl
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Examples from the Web for koel

Historical Examples of koel

  • The koel (Eudynamis honorata) occurs on the Nilgiris and has been shot at Ootacamund.

    Birds of the Indian Hills

    Douglas Dewar

  • So that the statement now in Koel may refer to a time later than his capture.

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan

  • Again, the Indian koel (Eudynamis honorata) certainly migrates.

  • The koel (Eudynamis honorata) is perhaps the most interesting of our summer visitors.

  • The second of the great triumvirate is the Indian koel (Eudynamis honorata).

British Dictionary definitions for koel


  1. any of several parasitic cuckoos of the genus Eudynamys, esp E. scolopacea, of S and SE Asia and Australia
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Word Origin for koel

C19: from Hindi, from Sanskrit kokila
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