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Probably from Anglo-Norman; compare Old French racheter (rally).



recheat (plural recheats)

  1. (archaic) A series of notes blown on a horn as a signal in hunting to call back the hounds when they have lost track of the game.
    • 1598, "… but that I will have a recheat winded in my forehead, or hang my bugle in an invisible baldrick, all women shall pardon me." — William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing
    • 1819, ”Prior, that last flourish on the recheat hath added fifty crowns to thy ransom, for corrupting the true old manly blasts of venerie.” — Walter Scott, Ivanhoe


recheat (third-person singular simple present recheats, present participle recheating, simple past and past participle recheated)

  1. (obsolete) To blow the recheat.
    • 1612, Michael Drayton, Poly-Olbion song 13 p. 216[1]:
      Rechating with his horne, which then the Hunter cheeres,
      Whilst still the lustie Stag his high-palm’d head up-beares,

Usage notes[edit]

  • According to the Poly-Olbion project[2], Drayton's is the last recorded use as a verb.