jack-daw

jackdaw

[jak-daw]
noun
1.
a glossy, black, European bird, Corvus monedula, of the crow family, that nests in towers, ruins, etc.

Origin:
1535–45; jack1 + daw

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jackdaw (ˈdʒækˌdɔː)
 
n
a large common Eurasian passerine bird, Corvus monedula, in which the plumage is black and dark grey: noted for its thieving habits: family Corvidae (crows)
 
[C16: from jack1 + daw]

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jackdaw
1543, the common name of the daw (Corvus monedula), "which frequents church towers, old buildings, etc.; noted for its loquacity and thievish propensities" [OED]. See jack (n.) + daw.
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