jackdaw

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Etymology[edit]

Compound of jack and daw The first element, also present in Low German Kajak, (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 dāƿe, and is cognate with German Dohle.

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

jackdaw (plural jackdaws)

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

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