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Definition of Ground cuckoo
ground cuckoo Chaparral Cha`par*ral", n. [Sp., fr. chaparro an evergeen
1. A thicket of low evergreen oaks.
2. An almost impenetrable thicket or succession of thickets
of thorny shrubs and brambles.
Chaparral cock; fem. Chaparral hen (Zo["o]l.), a bird of
the cuckoo family (Geococcyx Californianus), noted for
running with great speed. It ranges from California to
Mexico and eastward to Texas; -- called also road
runner, ground cuckoo, churea, and snake killer
Ground cuckoo Cuckoo Cuck"oo (k??k"??), 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.
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 (C. erythrophthalmus) build their
Cuckoo bee (Zool.), a bee, parasitic in the larval stage in
the nests of other bees, feeding either upon their food or
larvae. They belong to the genera Nomada, Melecta,
Epeolus, and others.
Cuckoo clock, a clock so constructed that at the time for
striking it gives forth sounds resembling the cry of the
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
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
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.