cuckoo


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cuckoo \Cuck"oo\ (k[oo^]k"[=oo]), n. [OE. coccou, cukkow, F.
   coucou, prob. of imitative origin; cf. L. cuculus, Gr. ????,
   Skr. k?ki?a, G. kuckuk, D. koekoek.] (Zool.)
   A bird belonging to Cuculus, Coccyzus, and several allied
   genera, of many species.
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   Note: 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.
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   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.
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