rain bird
Yaffle Yaf"fle, n. [Probably imitative of its call or cry.] (Zo["o]l.) The European green woodpecker ({Picus viridis} syn. {Genius viridis}). It is noted for its loud laughlike note. Called also {eccle}, {hewhole}, {highhoe}, {laughing bird}, {popinjay}, {rain bird}, {yaffil}, {yaffler}, {yaffingale}, {yappingale}, {yackel}, and {woodhack}. [1913 Webster]

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  • Rain bird — Rain Rain (r[=a]n), n. [OE. rein, AS. regen; akin to OFries. rein, D. & G. regen, OS. & OHG. regan, Icel., Dan., & Sw. regn, Goth. rign, and prob. to L. rigare to water, to wet; cf. Gr. bre chein to wet, to rain.] Water falling in drops from the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rain|bird — «RAYN BURD», noun. any one of several kinds of birds, such as the green woodpecker or the Jamaican cuckoo, supposed to foretell rain by its cries or actions: »From a group of trees came the liquid call of the rainbird (Cape Times) …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Rain Bird (legend) — The Rain Bird in Native American legend was a bird who brought rain. A Rain Bird design is used in some Native American pottery. The name was borrowed by the Rain Bird Corporation to name their sprinkler …   Wikipedia

  • Rain — (r[=a]n), n. [OE. rein, AS. regen; akin to OFries. rein, D. & G. regen, OS. & OHG. regan, Icel., Dan., & Sw. regn, Goth. rign, and prob. to L. rigare to water, to wet; cf. Gr. bre chein to wet, to rain.] Water falling in drops from the clouds;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rain band — Rain Rain (r[=a]n), n. [OE. rein, AS. regen; akin to OFries. rein, D. & G. regen, OS. & OHG. regan, Icel., Dan., & Sw. regn, Goth. rign, and prob. to L. rigare to water, to wet; cf. Gr. bre chein to wet, to rain.] Water falling in drops from the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rain fowl — Rain Rain (r[=a]n), n. [OE. rein, AS. regen; akin to OFries. rein, D. & G. regen, OS. & OHG. regan, Icel., Dan., & Sw. regn, Goth. rign, and prob. to L. rigare to water, to wet; cf. Gr. bre chein to wet, to rain.] Water falling in drops from the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rain gauge — Rain Rain (r[=a]n), n. [OE. rein, AS. regen; akin to OFries. rein, D. & G. regen, OS. & OHG. regan, Icel., Dan., & Sw. regn, Goth. rign, and prob. to L. rigare to water, to wet; cf. Gr. bre chein to wet, to rain.] Water falling in drops from the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rain goose — Rain Rain (r[=a]n), n. [OE. rein, AS. regen; akin to OFries. rein, D. & G. regen, OS. & OHG. regan, Icel., Dan., & Sw. regn, Goth. rign, and prob. to L. rigare to water, to wet; cf. Gr. bre chein to wet, to rain.] Water falling in drops from the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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