jackdaw

Definitions

  • "The cat washed the jackdaw in its turn."
    "The cat washed the jackdaw in its turn."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n jackdaw common black-and-grey Eurasian bird noted for thievery
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Vain Jackdaw The Vain Jackdaw
A jackdaw with some doves in a dovecote A jackdaw with some doves in a dovecote
THE JACKDAW AND PEACOCKS THE JACKDAW AND PEACOCKS

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Jackdaw (Zoöl) See Daw n.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n jackdaw The common daw of Europe, Corvus monedula, an oscine passerine bird of the family Corvidæ. It is one of the smallest of crows, being but 13 inches long. It is of a black color, with a blue or metallic reflection. Jackdaws in flocks frequent church steeples, deserted chimneys, old towers, and ruins. where they build their nests. They may readily be tamed and taught to imitate the sounds of words. They are common throughout Europe.
    • n jackdaw The boat-tailed grackle, Quiscalus major, a large long-tailed blackbird of the family Agelæidæ. Coues.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Jackdaw jak′daw a species of crow.
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Quotations

  • William Bolitho
    William Bolitho
    “General jackdaw culture, very little more than a collection of charming miscomprehensions, untargeted enthusiasms, and a general habit of skimming.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. 2d jack, + daw, (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Jack and daw.

Usage

In literature:

Starlings, blackbirds, jays, jackdaws, and ravens can imitate the human voice.
"The Nursery, No. 109, January, 1876, Vol. XIX." by Unknown
Whenever he saw a jay or magpie, a jackdaw or cat, his clicking note always told me of some enemy in sight.
"Wild Nature Won By Kindness" by Elizabeth Brightwen
Two days after he brought her a young jackdaw.
"The Armourer's Prentices" by Charlotte M. Yonge
During these hours of study the jackdaw's presence was a relief both to Ambrose and his master, though in a different way.
"Penelope and the Others" by Amy Walton
The bird who kept company with the jackdaws had his neck wrung, innocent as he was.
"The Adventures of Don Lavington" by George Manville Fenn
So do jackdaws and starlings, but very few.
"The Lost Middy" by George Manville Fenn
THE JACKDAW AND THE EAGLE.
"Favourite Fables in Prose and Verse" by Various
Thou jingle-pated rascal, stand off, or I'll wring thy neck round as I would a Jackdaw.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
Cloctaw, the jackdaw, who had flown to the council with him, upon arrival, left his side, and perched rather in the rear.
"Wood Magic" by Richard Jefferies
Then the jackdaw nodded, and hopping down from the stool on which he sat, walked softly over to the door.
"The Magic Soap Bubble" by David Cory
Bird dealers take hampers down to Whistley and bring up all the birds caught, as many as ten dozen of young jackdaws.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
AEsop interrupted the discussion with a dry laugh, dimly suggestive of the cackle of a jackdaw.
"The Duke's Motto" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
Newman is said to have had a jackdaw.
"The King's Post" by R. C. Tombs
Jackdaw shall show me his rabbits himself.
"The School Queens" by L. T. Meade
Clouds of black, long-tailed jackdaws flew over our heads and settled abruptly here and there.
"Aztec Land" by Maturin M. Ballou
This jackdaw-like hiding is a sort of reflection on our honesty, isn't it, captain?
"The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 26, February 1893" by Various
Jackdaw, the Bishop of Carlisle's story of a, 148.
"Ways of Nature" by John Burroughs
Jackdaws fly about the tower, but there are no rooks, as also stated.
"A Week's Tramp in Dickens-Land" by William R. Hughes
Answer me, you jackdaw, or I'll hang you on the gallows of the spy!
"The Spy" by J. Fenimore Cooper
They chattered like jackdaws about a church tower.
"The English in the West Indies" by James Anthony Froude
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In poetry:

And let alighting jackdaws fleet
Adown it open-winged, and pass
Till they could touch with outstretched feet
The warmèd grass.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
"O yes, certainly," said the jackdaw,
"That must follow of course, I have thought;
Though I never before building saw,
I guessed that without being taught."
"The Magpie's Nest, Or A Lesson Of Docility" by Charles Lamb
He set the pole well in the sandy turf,
And called a jackdaw near to watch the place.
Meanwhile the angel paddled in the surf,
And playfully dared his brother to a race.
"A Servian Legend" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
`Now, when jackdaws starve and the blizzard bites,
And the furrows are flecked with sleet,
And the owl keeps snug in the thatch o'nights,
And the waggoner chafes his feet;
"The Fallen Elm" by Alfred Austin
Down, down they went. The angel in a trice
Rose up again, and swift to shore he sped.
The jackdaw shrieked, but lo! a mile of ice
The demon found had frozen o'er his head.
"A Servian Legend" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The regimental jackdaw, 'e is like a bloomin' lord,
'E 'ops it when 'e thinks 'e will, an' no one speaks a word:
'E takes 'is 'ook without no pass, 'e don't come 'ome to tea,
An' I wish I was the jackdaw, an' I wish that 'e was me!
"The Defaulter" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Sali Mali is trying to put out her washing, but Jackdaw keeps on getting in the way.
Jackdaw discovers there's no business like snow business.
Sali Mali feeds the birds outside, making Jackdaw jealous.
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