chough


chough

chough [chuhf] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. any of several crowlike Old World birds, especially Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax, of Europe.

Origin of chough 1275–1325; Middle English choghe; akin to Old English cēo, Dutch kauw, Danish kaa Examples from the Web for chough Historical Examples of chough

  • Angelo, the would-be Puritan ruler, was a “false seemer,” Malvolio was a “chough.”

    The Man Shakespeare

    Frank Harris

  • We were told that to this day no Cornishman likes to shoot a chough or a raven.

    An Unsentimental Journey through Cornwall

    Dinah Maria Craik

  • “Now the chough is protected by Act of Parliament,” said Guy.

    Cornish Saints and Sinners

    J. Henry Harris

  • It is not so easy to see a chough now outside of a “collection.”

    Cornish Saints and Sinners

    J. Henry Harris

  • “Come and see,” croaked the chough, hopping towards the door.

    Cornish Saints and Sinners

    J. Henry Harris

  • British Dictionary definitions for chough chough noun

    1. a large black passerine bird, Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax, of parts of Europe, Asia, and Africa, with a long downward-curving red bill: family Corvidae (crows)
    2. alpine chough a smaller related bird, Pyrrhocorax graculus, with a shorter yellow bill

    Word Origin for chough C14: of uncertain origin; probably related to Old French cauwe, Old English cēo

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