Definition of koel in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkōəl/


An Asian and Australasian cuckoo with a call that resembles its name, the male typically having all-black plumage.
  • Genus Eudynamys, family Cuculidae: one or two species, in particular E. scolopacea
Example sentences
  • Trying to make myself as small as I could, I slowly and quietly stalked the wild koel.
  • I heard the taunting whistle of the koel and I knew I was in a mango orchard.
  • As his voice resonated, mingling with the call of a distant koel, the mystery of the majestic edifice stood out.


Early 19th century: from Hindi koël, from Sanskrit kokila in the same sense.

Words that rhyme with koel

bestowal, Lowell, Noel
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