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coucal

[koo-kuh l] /ˈku kəl/
noun
1.
any of several Old World cuckoos of the genus Centropus, having harsh-textured plumage and a long, daggerlike hind claw.
Origin of coucal
1805-1815
1805-15; < French, said to be equivalent to couc(ou) cuckoo + al(ouette) lark
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British Dictionary definitions for coucal

coucal

/ˈkuːkæl; -kəl/
noun
1.
any ground-living bird of the genus Centropus, of Africa, S Asia, and Australia, having long strong legs: family Cuculidae (cuckoos)
Word Origin
C19: from French, perhaps from couc(ou) cuckoo + al(ouette) lark
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