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storm-cock

noun
  1. another name for mistle thrush
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Word Origin for storm-cock

C18: so called because it was believed to give forewarning of bad weather
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Historical Examples of storm-cock

  • I wonder if any brave bird pipes to you as my storm-cock to me?

    The History of Sir Richard Calmady

    Lucas Malet

  • The notes of a storm-cock held him, calling in an elm; again he wondered.

    The Quaint Companions

    Leonard Merrick

  • The storm-cock used to be abundant in Gairloch, and built generally in oak trees.

    Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire

    John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot

  • The air was fresh and keen, squirrels jumped about in the trees, and the storm-cock sang blithely.

  • He straddles his legs, hunches his knife behind him, and whistles like a storm-cock through a sleet-shower.

    Rewards and Fairies

    Rudyard Kipling