One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for jackdaw
- ‘He came to a certain place near Bevagna, in which a great many birds of various types had congregated, including doves, crows and some others commonly called daws.’
- ‘The daws would appear in a body of two or three hundred birds, but after a little while many of them would go on to their own villages further away.’
- ‘After the hot summer days the mist sometimes hung over the moorland as if a whole lake were behind the old trees, among which the crows and the daws were fluttering.’
- ‘Eagles commonly fly alone: they are crows, daws, and starlings that flock together.’
- ‘The daws may peck upon one's sleeve without injury, but whoever wears his heart upon his tympanum gets it not far from the neck.’
Late Middle English: of Germanic origin; related to German Dohle.
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