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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Definitions for chanticleer

  1. Now Literary. a rooster: used as a proper name in medieval fables.

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Citations for chanticleer
Alas, that Chanticleer flew down from the rafters! Geoffrey Chaucer (1342/43–1400), "The Nun's Priest's Tale," The Canterbury Tales, Modern English prose translation by R. M. Lumiansky, 1948
The old cock which had for years behaved as well as any chanticleer in the county took to crowing in the middle of the night ... William Jenkyn Thomas, "The Power of St. Tegla's Well," The Welsh Fairy Book, 1907
Origin of chanticleer
Animal fables of a fox tricking a bird and of being “outfoxed” by that bird date to the mid-11th century in prose and poetry in Old French dialects and Medieval Latin. The most accessible version of Chanticleer and the Fox is in Chaucer’s “Nun’s Priest’s Tale,” a beast fable and mock epic dating to about 1390, in The Canterbury Tales. “Chanticleer,” the name of the “hero,” derives from the Old French “Chantecler,” which derives from chanter “to sing, crow” and the adjective cler “clear, loud” (clair in Modern French). The word entered English in the 14th century.