Ground cuckoo
Cuckoo Cuck"oo (k[oo^]k"[=oo]), n. [OE. coccou, cukkow, F. coucou, prob. of imitative origin; cf. L. cuculus, Gr. ????, Skr. k?ki?a, G. kuckuk, D. koekoek.] (Zo["o]l.) A bird belonging to {Cuculus}, {Coccyzus}, and several allied genera, of many species. [1913 Webster]

Note: The European cuckoo ({Cuculus canorus}) builds no nest of its own, but lays its eggs in the nests of other birds, to be hatched by them. The American yellow-billed cuckoo ({Coccyzus Americanus}) and the black-billed cuckoo ({Coccyzus erythrophthalmus}) build their own nests. [1913 Webster]

{Cuckoo clock}, a clock so constructed that at the time for striking it gives forth sounds resembling the cry of the cuckoo.

{Cuckoo dove} (Zo["o]l.), a long-tailed pigeon of the genus {Macropygia}. Many species inhabit the East Indies.

{Cuckoo fish} (Zo["o]l.), the European red gurnard ({Trigla cuculus}). The name probably alludes to the sound that it utters.

{Cuckoo falcon} (Zo["o]l.), any falcon of the genus {Baza}. The genus inhabits Africa and the East Indies.

{Cuckoo maid} (Zo["o]l.), the wryneck; -- called also {cuckoo mate}.

{Cuckoo ray} (Zo["o]l.), a British ray ({Raia miraletus}).

{Cuckoo spit}, or {Cuckoo spittle}. (a) A frothy secretion found upon plants, exuded by the larvae of certain insects, for concealment; -- called also {toad spittle} and {frog spit}. (b) (Zo["o]l.) A small hemipterous insect, the larva of which, living on grass and the leaves of plants, exudes this secretion. The insects belong to {Aphrophora}, {Helochara}, and allied genera.

{Ground cuckoo}, the chaparral cock. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Ground cuckoo — ground ground (ground), n. [OE. ground, grund, AS. grund; akin to D. grond, OS., G., Sw., & Dan. grund, Icel. grunnr bottom, Goth. grundus (in composition); perh. orig. meaning, dust, gravel, and if so perh. akin to E. grind.] 1. The surface of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ground-cuckoo — groundˈ cuckoo noun A name for several ground running birds of the cuckoo family, such as the roadrunner and the coucal • • • Main Entry: ↑ground …   Useful english dictionary

  • ground cuckoo — ▪ bird  any of about 15 species of birds constituting the subfamily Neomorphinae of the cuckoo family (Cuculidae), noted for terrestrial habits. Of the 11 New World species, three, the striped cuckoo (Tapera naevia), the pheasant cuckoo… …   Universalium

  • ground cuckoo — Chaparral Cha par*ral , n. [Sp., fr. chaparro an evergeen oak.] 1. A thicket of low evergreen oaks. [1913 Webster] 2. An almost impenetrable thicket or succession of thickets of thorny shrubs and brambles. [1913 Webster] {Chaparral cock}; fem.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ground cuckoo — dirvinės gegutės statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Carpococcyx angl. ground cuckoo rus. земляная кукушка, f pranc. calobate, m ryšiai: platesnis terminas – krūmyninės gegutės siauresnis terminas – malajinė dirvinė gegutė… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • ground cuckoo — dirvinės gegutės statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Neomorphus angl. ground cuckoo vok. Grundkuckuck, m rus. земляная кукушка, f ryšiai: platesnis terminas – dirvinės gegutės siauresnis terminas – dryžoji dirvinė gegutė… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • ground cuckoo — noun : roadrunner * * * ground cuckoo, = road runner. (Cf. ↑road runner) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ground Cuckoo-shrike — Taxobox name = Ground Cuckoo shrike status = LC | status system = IUCN3.1 regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Passeriformes familia = Campephagidae genus = Coracina species = C. maxima binomial = Coracina maxima binomial… …   Wikipedia

  • ground cuckoo-shrike — australiniai vikšralesiai statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Pteropodocys angl. ground cuckoo shrike vok. Grundraupenfänger, m rus. австралийский личинкоед, m; земляной личинкоед, m pranc. échenilleur terrestre, m ryšiai:… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • ground cuckoo-shrike — australinis vikšralesys statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Pteropodocys maxima angl. ground cuckoo shrike vok. Grundraupenfänger, m rus. австралийский личинкоед, m; земляной личинкоед, m pranc. échenilleur terrestre, m… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

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