Definition of koel in English:


Syllabification: ko·el
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
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    • 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.

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