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From Old French chantecler, the proper name of the cock in Reynard the Fox.


chanticleer ‎(plural chanticleers)

  1. (now rare) A rooster or cock.
    • c.1599, William Shakespeare, As You Like It, act 2, scene 7:
      When I did heare / The motley Foole, thus morall on the time, / My Lungs began to crow like Chanticleere, / That Fooles should be so deepe contemplatiue [].
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.12:
      It is happily some particular sense that unto cockes or chanticleares discovereth the morning and midnight houre, and moveth them to crow [].