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jack·daw

 (jăk′dô′)
n.
Either of two small corvids (Corvus monedula or C. dauricus) of Eurasia and North Africa, having black and gray or black and white plumage.

jackdaw

(ˈdʒækˌdɔː)
n
(Animals) a large common Eurasian passerine bird, Corvus monedula, in which the plumage is black and dark grey: noted for its thieving habits: family Corvidae (crows)
[C16: from jack1 + daw]

jack•daw

(ˈdʒækˌdɔ)

n.
a small Eurasian crow with a gray nape, Corvus monedula, that nests in chimneys and rock cavities.
[1535–45]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.jackdaw - common black-and-grey Eurasian bird noted for thieveryjackdaw - common black-and-grey Eurasian bird noted for thievery
corvine bird - birds of the crow family
genus Corvus, Corvus - type genus of the Corvidae: crows and ravens
Translations
زاغ، غُراب الزَّرع
чавка
kavka
allike
naakka
čavka
csóka
dvergkráka
kuosa
kovārnis
cioacă
kavka
kavka
kaja
küçük karga
галка

jackdaw

[ˈdʒækdɔː] Ngrajilla f

jackdaw

[ˈdʒækdɔː] nchoucas m

jackdaw

nDohle f

jackdaw

[ˈdʒækˌdɔː] ntaccola

jackdaw

(ˈdʒӕkdoː) noun
a type of bird of the crow family that sometimes steals bright objects.
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By good fortune they fell only a few feet; for underneath them was a monster nest, built by a colony of Jackdaws in a hollow ledge of rock; so none of them -- not even the Pumpkinhead -- was injured by the fall.
The jackdaws were eating pie- crust, and the magpie was drinking gravy out of a patty-pan.
One morning an old basket made its appearance, suspended by a short cord outside Martin's window, in which were deposited an amateur nest containing four young hungry jackdaws, the pride and glory of Martin's life, for the time being, and which he was currently asserted to have hatched upon his own person.
Wickfield, to the scene of my future studies - a grave building in a courtyard, with a learned air about it that seemed very well suited to the stray rooks and jackdaws who came down from the Cathedral towers to walk with a clerkly bearing on the grass-plot - and was introduced to my new master, Doctor Strong.
And so saying he gave Rocinante the spur, and Sancho followed him on foot and loaded, and after having partly made the circuit of the mountain they found lying in a ravine, dead and half devoured by dogs and pecked by jackdaws, a mule saddled and bridled, all which still further strengthened their suspicion that he who had fled was the owner of the mule and the saddle-pad.
Bright shone the sun on battlement and tower, and in the blue air overhead a Hock of clattering jackdaws flew around the gilded weather vane and spire.
In these woods there are not many birds; I saw, however, some large flocks of the white cockatoo feeding in a corn-field, and a few most beautiful parrots; crows, like our jackdaws were not uncommon, and another bird something like the magpie.
All we Ethnological men are as jealous as jackdaws of one another's discoveries.
Well, you know," said the sharp-nosed man they called Jackdaw in a squeaky and unsteady voice, raising himself at the other side of the fire, "a plump man gets thin, but for a thin one it's death.
The ugly jackdaw, collecting all the fine feathers which had fallen from the other birds, attached them to his own body and appeared at the examination, looking very gay.
Presently it began to grow light enough to read, so I drew out a little pocket copy of the "Ingoldsby Legends" which I had brought with me, and read "The Jackdaw of Rheims.
At which times they would approach as near as they durst, and imitate my actions after the manner of monkeys, but ever with great signs of hatred; as a tame jackdaw with cap and stockings is always persecuted by the wild ones, when he happens to be got among them.