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[chan-tuh-kleer] /ˈtʃæn təˌklɪər/
noun, Now Literary.
a rooster: used as a proper name in medieval fables.
Also, chantecler
[chan-tuh-klair] /ˈtʃæn təˌklɛər/ (Show IPA)
Origin of chanticleer
1250-1300; Middle English Chauntecler < Old French Chantecler noun use of verb phrase chante cler sing clear. See chant, clear Unabridged
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a name for a cock, used esp in fables
Word Origin
C13: from Old French Chantecler, from chanter cler to sing clearly
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Word Origin and History for chanticleer

"a cock," c.1300, from Old French Chantecler "sing-loud" (Modern French Chanteclair), name of the cock in medieval stories of Reynard the Fox; from chanter "to sing" (see chant (v.)) + cler (see clear (adj.)).

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