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Webster 1913 Edition


Cuckoo

Cuck′oo

(koŏk′oō)
,
Noun.
[OE.
coccou
,
cukkow
, F.
coucou
, prob. of imitative origin; cf. L.
cuculus
, Gr. [GREEK][GREEK][GREEK][GREEK], Skr.
k[GREEK]ki[GREEK]a
, G.
kuckuk
, D.
koekoek
.]
(Zool.)
A bird belonging to
Cuculus
,
Coccyzus
, and several allied genera, of many species.
☞ The European cuckoo (
Cuculus canorus
) builds no nest of its own, but lays its eggs in the nests of other birds, to be hatched by them. The American yellow-billed cuckoo (
Coccyzus Americanus
) and the black-billed cuckoo (
Coccyzus erythrophthalmus
) build their own nests.
Cuckoo clock
,
a clock so constructed that at the time for striking it gives forth sounds resembling the cry of the cuckoo.
Cuckoo dove
(Zool.)
,
a long-tailed pigeon of the genus
Macropygia
. Many species inhabit the East Indies.
Cuckoo fish
(Zool.)
,
the European red gurnard (
Trigla cuculus
). The name probably alludes to the sound that it utters.
Cuckoo falcon
(Zool.)
,
any falcon of the genus
Baza
. The genus inhabits Africa and the East Indies.
Cuckoo maid
(Zool.)
,
the wryneck; – called also
cuckoo mate
.
Cuckoo ray
(Zool.)
,
a British ray (
Raia miraletus
).
Cuckoo spit
, or
Cuckoo spittle
.
(a)
A frothy secretion found upon plants, exuded by the larvae of certain insects, for concealment; – called also
toad spittle
and
frog spit
.
(b)
(Zool.)
A small hemipterous insect, the larva of which, living on grass and the leaves of plants, exudes this secretion. The insects belong to
Aphrophora
,
Helochara
, and allied genera.
Ground cuckoo
,
the chaparral cock.

Webster 1828 Edition


Cuckoo

CUCKOO

,
Noun.
[L., Gr. See Gawk.] A bird of the genus Cuculus, whose name is supposed to be called from its note. The note is a call to love, and continued only during the amorous season. It is said the cuckoo lays its eggs in a nest formed by another bird, by which they are hatched.

Definition 2021


cuckoo

cuckoo

English

Adjective

cuckoo (comparative more cuckoo, superlative most cuckoo)

  1. Crazy; not sane.

Noun

cuckoo (plural cuckoos)

  1. Any of various birds, of the family Cuculidae, famous for laying its eggs in the nests of other species; but especially the common cuckoo, Cuculus canorus, that has a characteristic two-note call.
  2. The sound of that particular bird.
  3. The bird shaped figure found in Swiss/German clocks (cuckoo clocks) or the clock itself.
  4. Someone found where they shouldn't be (used especially in the phrase a cuckoo in the nest).
  5. Someone who is crazy.

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Verb

cuckoo (third-person singular simple present cuckoos, present participle cuckooing, simple past and past participle cuckooed)

  1. To make the call of a cuckoo
  2. To repeat something incessantly

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