One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A name given to a domestic cock, especially in fairy tales.
rooster, cockerel, male fowl, caponView synonyms
- ‘I do not propose to write an ode to dejection, but to brag as lustily as chanticleer in the morning, standing on his roost, if only to wake my neighbors up.’
- ‘The chanticleer has scratched the eyes of night.’
Middle English: from Old French Chantecler, the name of the cock in the fable Reynard the Fox, from chanter ‘sing, crow’ (see chant) + cler ‘clear’.
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