jackdaw

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EtymologyEdit

Compound of jack +‎ daw. The first element, also present in Low German (North Saxon) Jöker (jackdaw), may refer either to its characteristic call, often represented as tchak-tchak, or to the name Jack. The second element means “jackdaw” in itself, from Old English dāwe, from Proto-Germanic *dēhǭ, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰēk- (a daw, starling, thrush, similar birds). Cognate with Old Prussian doacke (starling), Latin faccilāre (the sound or timbre of the thrush), and German Dohle (jackdaw).

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈdʒækˌdɔː/
  • (GenAM) IPA(key): /ˈdʒækˌdɔ/, /ˈdʒækˌdɑ/
  • Hyphenation: jack‧daw

NounEdit

jackdaw (plural jackdaws)

  1. A European bird (Coloeus monedula) of the crow family, often nesting in church towers and ruins.
    Synonyms: daw, western jackdaw, Eurasian jackdaw, European jackdaw
  2. A Daurian jackdaw, a closely related Asian bird (Coloeus dauuricus).

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