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Compound of jack + daw. The first element, also present in Low German (North Saxon) Jöker (“jackdaw”), may refer either to its characteristic call, often represented as tchak-tchak, maybe influenced by association with the name Jack. The second element means “jackdaw” in itself, from Old English dāwe, from Proto-Germanic *dēhǭ, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰēk- (“a daw, starling, thrush, similar birds”). Cognate with Old Prussian doacke (“starling”), Latin faccilāre (“the sound or timbre of the thrush”), and German Dohle (“jackdaw”).
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈdʒækˌdɔː/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈd͡ʒækˌdɔ/, /ˈd͡ʒækˌdɑ/
- Rhymes: -ækdɔː, -ækdɑ
- Hyphenation: jack‧daw
jackdaw (plural jackdaws)
- A European bird (Coloeus monedula) of the crow family, often nesting in church towers and ruins.
- Synonyms: caddow, daw, western jackdaw, Eurasian jackdaw, sea crow
- A Daurian jackdaw, a closely related Asian bird (Coloeus dauuricus).
Coloeus dauuricus — see Daurian jackdaw
- “jackdaw”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.
- “jackdaw”, in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
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- Rhymes:English/ækdɔː/2 syllables
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