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cockcrow

[kok-kroh] /ˈkɒkˌkroʊ/
noun
1.
the time at which a cock characteristically crows; daybreak; dawn.
Also, cock crowing.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English. See cock1, crow2
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British Dictionary definitions for cock-crowing

cockcrow

/ˈkɒkˌkrəʊ/
noun
1.
daybreak
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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cock-crowing in the Bible

In our Lord's time the Jews had adopted the Greek and Roman division of the night into four watches, each consisting of three hours, the first beginning at six o'clock in the evening (Luke 12:38; Matt. 14:25; Mark 6:48). But the ancient division, known as the first and second cock-crowing, was still retained. The cock usually crows several times soon after midnight (this is the first crowing), and again at the dawn of day (and this is the second crowing). Mark mentions (14:30) the two cock-crowings. Matthew (26:34) alludes to that only which was emphatically the cock-crowing, viz, the second.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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