Definition of piet-my-vrou in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɪtmeɪˌfrəʊ/


South African
An African cuckoo which has a russet band on the upper part of the breast.
  • Cuculus solitarius, family Cuculidae. Alternative name: red-chested cuckoo.
Example sentences
  • Other than a ‘piet-my-vrou ‘(red chested cuckoo) waking up at 5 this morning to shout, before it even got light, and my son's awakening at 5: 30 on a SUNDAY morning to ask if he could watch TV, it's been a good start to the week.’
  • For example, the Cricket Board president said in the rural areas people knew the cricket season was due to begin when the singing of the piet-my-vrou was heard.
  • Occasionally the tumult was punctuated by the shrill cry of East Africa's ubiquitous red-chested cuckoo: Wip wip weeoo, ‘it will rain.’


Mid 18th century: from South African Dutch, imitative of the bird's three-note call.

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