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cuckoo clock

n.
A wall or shelf clock that announces intervals of time with a sound imitative of a cuckoo's call and often with the simultaneous emergence of a mechanical bird from a small door.
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cuckoo clock

n
(Horology) a clock in which a mechanical cuckoo pops out with a sound like a cuckoo's call when the clock strikes
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cuck′oo clock`


n.
a clock that announces the hours by a sound like the call of the cuckoo, usu. accompanied by the appearance of an imitation bird through a little door.
[1775–85]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cuckoo clock - clock that announces the hours with a sound like the call of the cuckoocuckoo clock - clock that announces the hours with a sound like the call of the cuckoo
clock - a timepiece that shows the time of day
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cuckoo clock

norologio a cucù
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Germany hasn't been ticking for years in its famously precise, Black Forest cuckoo-clock way.