Definition of alarm call in English:

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alarm call

Pronunciation: /əˈlärm kôl/


A warning cry made by a bird or other animal when startled.
Example sentences
  • They'll give off an alarm call that other birds can hear for miles.
  • As soon as the fruit began to ripen, a walk down the garden would be greeted by a Blackbird or Song Thrush alarm call as the birds inside the cage tried to get out.
  • To exclude the possibility of a male calling in response to the other males' alarm calls rather than to potential predators, an alarm call was ignored if uttered within 10 s the call of the other male.

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Syllabification: a·larm call

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