One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A natural and untrained musical note resembling the song of a bird.
- ‘But I often warble my native woodnotes wild in my bath while plying the loofah, at the car wheel, perhaps in a sunburst of joy at finding a parking space in Edinburgh and, sometimes, to add a crackling, catarrhal accompaniment to some oleaginous operatic tenor on radio or TV.’
- ‘A year later, in ‘L' Allegro ’, the delphic element had disappeared, and Milton's cheerful man heard ‘Sweetest Shakespeare, fancy's child Warble his native woodnotes wild’.’
- ‘The low woodnotes of a roller served as a substitute for Gloria in Excelsis following our final response to Adam's versicles.’
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