cuckoo clock
noun Date: 1789 a wall or shelf clock that announces the hours by sounds resembling a cuckoo's call

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  • Cuckoo clock — Cuckoo clock, a so called Jagdstück (Hunt piece), Black Forest, ca. 1900, Deutsches Uhrenmuseum, Inv. 2006 013 A cuckoo clock is a clock, typically pendulum regulated, that strikes the hours with a sound like a common cuckoo s call and typically… …   Wikipedia

  • Cuckoo clock — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cuckoo clock — cuckoo clocks N COUNT A cuckoo clock is a clock with a door from which a toy cuckoo comes out and makes noises like a cuckoo every hour or half hour …   English dictionary

  • cuckoo clock — cuckoo ,clock noun count a clock with a model bird inside that comes out of a small door and makes a noise like a cuckoo …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • cuckoo clock — n. a clock with a small toy figure of a cuckoo in it, which pops out at regular intervals, usually on the hour, to the accompaniment of a sound imitating the bird s call …   English World dictionary

  • cuckoo clock — n a clock with a wooden bird inside that comes out every hour and makes a sound …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cuckoo clock — noun clock that announces the hours with a sound like the call of the cuckoo • Hypernyms: ↑clock * * * noun, pl ⋯ clocks [count] : a clock that has a toy bird inside of it that comes out and makes a sound like a cuckoo to tell what time it is * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • cuckoo clock — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms cuckoo clock : singular cuckoo clock plural cuckoo clocks a clock with a model bird inside that comes out of a small door and makes a noise like a cuckoo …   English dictionary

  • cuckoo clock — noun A clock that announces the time by a cuckoo sound, often equipped with a mechanical cuckoo …   Wiktionary

  • cuckoo clock — noun a clock with a mechanical cuckoo that pops out on the hour making a sound like a cuckoo s call …   English new terms dictionary

  • cuckoo clock — cuck′oo clock n. hor fur a clock that announces the hours by a sound like the call of the cuckoo, usu. accompanied by the appearance of an imitation bird through a little door • Etymology: 1775–85 …   From formal English to slang

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