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bird call

or birdcall

a sound made by a bird.
a sound imitating that of a bird.
a device used to imitate the sound of a bird.
Origin of bird call
1615-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The falcon flew to another place and gave her bird-call again.

  • A bird-call is here also necessary, or your own industrious skill in the Notes of several Birds.

  • It was hardly a moment when, in response to this bird-call, several girls appeared in the opening beyond.

  • The use of proper means to effect our purpose is enforced in the warning that "Fish are not to be caught with a bird-call."

    Proverb Lore F. Edward Hulme
  • There is the "Siegfried" bird-call running through my head again!

    An American Girl in Munich Mabel W. Daniels
  • He gave the boy this clock and the bird-call to amuse him while he went upstairs and packed his trunk.

    John Thorndyke's Cases R. Austin Freeman
  • Hugues uttered a bird-call, which had been one of his signals to Mathilde in their meetings.

    The Bright Face of Danger Robert Neilson Stephens
  • There was a meaning of you in every bird-call and flutter of wings and race of wild four-footed things across the open.

    Madelon Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • Of course, I dared not call, so I gave a soft whistle, as near like a bird-call as I could.

    Three Times and Out Nellie L. McClung
British Dictionary definitions for bird-call

bird call

the characteristic call or song of a bird
an imitation of this
an instrument imitating the call of a bird, used esp by hunters or bird-catchers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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