From Middle English choughe, choȝe, coo, cheo, from Old English ċēo (“a bird of the genus corvus, a jay, crow, jackdaw, chough”) and Old English ceahhe (“a daw”), both from Proto-Germanic *kahwǭ, *kahwō (“jackdaw, crow”), from Proto-Indo-European *gow- (“to crow, caw, shout”). Cognate with Scots kae (“jackdaw”), West Frisian ka (“jackdaw”), Dutch kauw (“jackdaw, daw, chough”), Swedish kaja (“jackdaw”). Compare Lithuanian giedóti, Tocharian A [script?] (kāk) 'he calls upon', Sanskrit गायति (gāyati).
chough (plural choughs)
- Two species of bird of the genus Pyrrhocorax in the crow family Corvidae that breed mainly in high mountains and on coastal sea cliffs of Eurasia.
- The white-winged chough, of genus Corcorax in the Australian mud-nest builders family, Corcoracidae, that inhabits dry woodlands.
- alpine chough Pyrrhocorax graculus
- red-billed chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
- white-winged chough Corcorax melanorhamphos