Definition of coucal in English:

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coucal

Pronunciation: /ˈko͞okəl/

noun

An ungainly long-tailed Old World bird that is a large ground-dwelling member of the cuckoo family.
  • Genus Centropus (and Coua), family Cuculidae: numerous species, including the Australasian pheasant coucal (Centropus phasianinus).
Example sentences
  • However, I stray from the purpose of our trip: birds, which were no less alluring than all the scenes mentioned above, with names such as leafbirds, bulbuls, coucals, laughingthrushes, babblers, sunbirds and junglefowl.
  • A ground-dwelling cuckoo, Delalande's coucal lived in Madagascar, off the east coast of Africa, along with an array of strange animals found there.

Origin

Early 19th century: from French, perhaps a blend of coucou 'cuckoo' and alouette 'lark'.

Words that rhyme with coucal

archducal, ducal, pentateuchal

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Syllabification: cou·cal

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