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cuckoo

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EtymologyEdit

From Old French cucu (whence French coucou); ultimately either onomatopoeic, or from Latin cuculus.

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AdjectiveEdit

cuckoo (comparative more cuckoo, superlative most cuckoo)

  1. Crazy; not sane.

NounEdit

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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VerbEdit

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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