Definition of chough in English:

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Pronunciation: /tʃʌf/


1A black Eurasian and North African bird of the crow family, with a downcurved bill and broad, rounded wings, typically frequenting mountains and sea cliffs.
  • Genus Pyrrhocorax (and Pseudopodoces), family Corvidae: three species, especially the (red-billed) chough (P. pyrrhocorax).
Example sentences
  • The sea stretches out before them and on a clear day, the shores of Ireland can be seen and brimming with wildlife it is not unusual to spot the rare chough, wild mountain goats or a seal in the sea nearby.
  • Stackpole is also home to the chough, a much rarer bird.
  • The Dingle Peninsula has been highlighted as an international stronghold for an endangered Irish bird, the distinctive red-billed chough.
2 (also white-winged chough) A black and white Australian bird of the mud-nester family.
  • Corcorax melanorhamphos, family Corcoracidae (or Grallinidae).
Example sentences
  • At Ngarkat and Karte conservation parks, you can see everything from ring-necked parrots, honeyeaters and white-winged choughs, to Australian bustards, yellow-tailed black cockatoos and sometimes even a rare Mallee emu-wren or the Mallee ningaui.
  • A flock of white-winged choughs dropped in to feed the other day.
  • Emus, mallee fowl, miners and white-winged choughs can be found away from the lakes.


Middle English (originally denoting the jackdaw): probably imitative.

Words that rhyme with chough

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