koekoek

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch coecoec, of imitative origin, perhaps influenced by Latin cuculus and/or Old French cucu (modern French coucou).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

koekoek m (plural koekoeken, diminutive koekoekje n)

  1. a common cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)
  2. cuckoo, any bird of the family Cuculidae
  3. (architecture) a dormer
  4. (rare) a homewrecker
  5. (obsolete) a cuckold
    Synonym: hoorndrager

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Descendants[edit]

  • Afrikaans: koekoek