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cuckoo clock

a wall or shelf clock, often carved and decorated, that announces the hours by a sound like the call of the cuckoo, usually accompanied by the appearance of an imitation bird through a little door.
Origin of cuckoo clock
1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The cuckoo-clock was chirping out its five small notes from the cheerful interior, and the Curator was remarking upon it.

    The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow Anna Katharine Green
  • "It is still too early," he thought, looking at the hairdresser's cuckoo-clock, that pointed to the hour of nine.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • Midnight struck, and the little hands of the cuckoo-clock on the mantel crept slowly round to one.

    Kidnapped at the Altar Laura Jean Libbey
  • For quite a minute he raged silently, and any cuckoo-clock which had strayed within his reach would have had a bad time of it.

    The Girl on the Boat Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  • Stefan showed them a magnet, and made the cuckoo-clock strike to amuse them.

  • Then at last the cuckoo-clock had chimed and the wooden bird, with trembling tail, had made its jerky obeisance.

    In the Wilderness Robert Hichens
  • I know, because I went to the shop Friday morning on pretence of asking for a cuckoo-clock.'

    Ghetto Comedies Israel Zangwill
  • It was half-past four, if the sharp little note of a cuckoo-clock, snapping out one, told the time correctly.

    The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow Anna Katharine Green
  • Seven clear calls from the cuckoo-clock rang out from the room beyond, followed by a woman's smothered cry.

    The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow Anna Katharine Green
British Dictionary definitions for cuckoo-clock

cuckoo clock

a clock in which a mechanical cuckoo pops out with a sound like a cuckoo's call when the clock strikes
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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