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Meaning of CUCKOO

Pronunciation:  'kookoo

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any of numerous European and North American birds having pointed wings and a long tail
  2. [n]  a man who is a stupid fool
  3. [v]  repeat monotonously, like a cuckoo repeats his call

CUCKOO is a 6 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: bozo, fathead, goof, goose, jackass, twat, zany
 See Also: ani, black-billed cuckoo, chaparral cock, Coccyzus erythropthalmus, coucal, Cuculidae, cuculiform bird, Cuculus canorus, echo, European cuckoo, family Cuculidae, fool, Geococcyx californianus, muggins, repeat, roadrunner, sap, saphead, tomfool



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Cuck"oo\ (k??k"??), n. [OE. coccou, cukkow, F. coucou,
prob. of imitative origin; cf. L. cuculus, Gr. ????, Skr.
k?ki?a, G. kuckuk, D. koekoek.] (Zo["o]l.)
A bird belonging to {Cuculus}, {Coccyzus}, and several allied
genera, of many species.

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 ({C. erythrophthalmus}) build their
      own nests.

{Cuckoo bee} (Zool.), a bee, parasitic in the larval stage in
   the nests of other bees, feeding either upon their food or
   larvae. They belong to the genera {Nomada}, {Melecta},
   {Epeolus}, and others.

{Cuckoo clock}, a clock so constructed that at the time for
   striking it gives forth sounds resembling the cry of the

{Cuckoo dove} (Zo["o]l.), a long-tailed pigeon of the genus
   {Macropygia}. Many species inhabit the East Indies.

{Cuckoo fish} (Zo["o]l.), the European red gurnard ({Trigla
   cuculus}). The name probably alludes to the sound that it

{Cuckoo falcon} (Zo["o]l.), any falcon of the genus {Baza}.
   The genus inhabits Africa and the East Indies.

{Cuckoo maid} (Zo["o]l.), the wryneck; -- called also {cuckoo

{Cuckoo ray} (Zo["o]l.), 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) (Zo["o]l.) 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.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a cuckoo in your dream, represents timing and fate. You need to change your direction or alter your approach in how your pursue some situation. The dream may also be a metaphor for someone who is behaving crazily.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(Heb. shahaph), from a root meaning "to be lean; slender." This bird is mentioned only in Lev. 11:16 and Deut. 14:15 (R.V., "seamew"). Some have interpreted the Hebrew word by "petrel" or "shearwater" (Puffinus cinereus), which is found on the coast of Syria; others think it denotes the "sea-gull" or "seamew." The common cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) feeds on reptiles and large insects. It is found in Asia and Africa as well as in Europe. It only passes the winter in Palestine. The Arabs suppose it to utter the cry _Yakub_, and hence they call it _tir el-Yakub_; i.e., "Jacob's bird."

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