Definition of spotted cuckoo in English:

spotted cuckoo

noun

  • (More fully "great spotted cuckoo", "greater spotted cuckoo") a large, migratory crested cuckoo of Africa and the Mediterranean, Clamator glandarius, which has a brown back with white markings; (formerly also) †= "railbird".

Origin

Mid 18th century; earliest use found in George Edwards (1694–1773), ornithologist and artist.