One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Asian and Australasian cuckoo with a call that resembles its name, the male typically having all-black plumage.
Genus Eudynamys, family Cuculidae: one or two species, in particular E. scolopacea
- ‘They went back to the refuge of their hole happy, for they had seen a few peacocks, a few koels and a flock of doves.’
- ‘As his voice resonated, mingling with the call of a distant koel, the mystery of the majestic edifice stood out.’
- ‘This koel is not tame but you can get up quite close; if you're from the McCoffs area and thinking of seeing her, please don't get too close.’
- ‘Trying to make myself as small as I could, I slowly and quietly stalked the wild koel.’
- ‘I heard the taunting whistle of the koel and I knew I was in a mango orchard.’
Early 19th century: from Hindi koël, from Sanskrit kokila in the same sense.
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