devil screecher

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the bird's piercing cry.

Noun[edit]

devil screecher (plural devil screechers)

  1. (archaic, UK) A swift.
    • 1883, Edgar MacCulloch, Notes, Queries, Notices and News, The Folk-Lore Journal, Vol. 1, No. 12, page 394
      My informant seemed to look upon the swift as an uncanny bird, and called it by a name I had never heard before, devil-screecher.