cooee

[koo-ee]
noun
1.
a prolonged, shrill, clear call or cry used as a signal by Australian Aborigines and adopted by the settlers in the country.
verb (used without object), cooeed, cooeeing.
2.
to utter the call “cooee.”

Origin:
1780–90; < Dharuk gu-wī

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cooee or cooey (ˈkuːiː)
 
interj
1.  a call used to attract attention, esp (originally) a long loud high-pitched call on two notes used in the Australian bush
 
vb , cooees, cooeeing, cooeed, cooeys, cooeying, cooeyed
2.  (intr) to utter this call
 
n
3.  informal (Austral), (NZ) calling distance (esp in the phrase within (a) cooee (of))
 
[C19: from a native Australian language]
 
cooey or cooey
 
interj
 
vb
 
n
 
[C19: from a native Australian language]

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