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The harsh cry of a crow or similar bird.
- ‘She heard caws and shrieks, but she didn't have time to try to analyze all of them.’
- ‘Closing her eyes and trying to sleep, she suddenly heard the familiar caw of a crow from above in the tree.’
- ‘Instead I was met with the harsh caw of a crow, breaking the eerie silence.’
- ‘A caw sounded and she looked up to see a large crow sitting on a bright streetlamp.’
- ‘For example, in Disneyland there are fake birds worked by electric motors which emit caws and shrieks as you pass by them.’
- ‘Otherworldly caws, a sound they produce only when they are at sea, enable the sociable birds to maintain contact even in stormy conditions.’
- ‘The bird seemed to answer this time, with another caw.’
- ‘He could just make out tropical birds flitting from tree to tree their faint caws echoing up from the valley.’
- ‘Not for her, of course, left swinging in a cave to the caw of crows, but so the rest of us can go on.’
- ‘As I entered the park just beyond the lane, my thoughts were again interrupted, this time by a short series of caws coming from three crows flying overhead.’
- ‘The sound of caws resonated through the forest.’
- ‘A large raven sat perched upon the fence and gave a loud, obnoxious caw.’
- ‘The crow's caw is much more harsh and resonant than that of the rook.’
- ‘The ground was hard and brown and rocky, parched, but the caw of birds from a nearby grove of olive trees muted the sound of my footsteps.’
- ‘Didn't get much birding in this weekend as a result of the closet ordeal but I did notice that a blue jay in our neighborhood is mimicking the crows very well, only its caws are much softer and a bit rapid - impressive nonetheless.’
- ‘A raven cried from a tree top, its caw echoing over a beaver-meadow of scarlet pitcher plants.’
- ‘Crows crept over the shreds of flesh, silent but for the flapping out of black wings and a few angry caws.’
- ‘Similarly her voice possesses a strange avian quality somewhere between a dulcet caw, a folk drawl and that associated with young children.’
- ‘Breeding adults may emit caws, sighs or hissing calls.’
- ‘Young himself appears to favor not the lofty melodies of tradition's songbirds but the crows' familiar caw caw.’
Utter a caw.
screech, squeal, shriek, scream, croak, crow, caw, cluck, clack, cackle, hoot, cry, callView synonyms
- ‘They aren't cawing; no, that would be creepy enough because I hate crows as it is.’
- ‘Startled birds fluttered out of their black recesses; crows awoke in the trees and cawed their alarms.’
Late 16th century: imitative.
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