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chough: applied to the small chattering species of the crow family, esp. the jackdaw MND. III. ii. 21 “russet-pated c-s,” Wint. IV. iii. [iv.] 632, Mac. III. iv. 125; (hence) as the type of a chatterer Tp. II. i. 274 “A of as deep chat,” All'sW. IV. i. 22 “c-'s language, gabble enough.” ∥ In Lr. IV. vi. 14 per haps the Cornish chough or red-legged crow, which was abundant on the Sussex coast 150 years ago.
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