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A jackdaw.

[Middle English dawe.]


(Animals) an archaic, dialect, or poetic name for a jackdaw
[C15: related to Old High German taha]



a small Eurasian crow with a gray nape, Corvus monedula, that nests in chimneys and rock cavities.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.daw - common black-and-grey Eurasian bird noted for thieverydaw - 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
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For instance, those people had inherited the idea that all men without title and a long pedigree, whether they had great natural gifts and acquirements or hadn't, were creatures of no more consideration than so many animals, bugs, insects; whereas I had inherited the idea that human daws who can consent to masquerade in the peacock-shams of inherited dignities and un- earned titles, are of no good but to be laughed at.
Nor was it that the figs were moist and pulpy, or that the French plums blushed in modest tartness from their highly-decorated boxes, or that everything was good to eat and in its Christmas dress; but the customers were all so hurried and so eager in the hopeful promise of the day, that they tumbled up against each other at the door, crashing their wicker baskets wildly, and left their purchases upon the counter, and came running back to fetch them, and committed hundreds of the like mistakes, in the best humour possible; while the Grocer and his people were so frank and fresh that the polished hearts with which they fastened their aprons behind might have been their own, worn outside for general inspection, and for Christmas daws to peck at if they chose.
Patroclus was enraged by the death of his comrade, and sped through the front ranks as swiftly as a hawk that swoops down on a flock of daws or starlings.
Straight flew the arrow, and all shouted till the very flags that waved in the breeze shook with the sound, and the rooks and daws flew clamoring about the roofs of the old gray tower, for the shaft had lodged close beside the spot that marked the very center.
The little chattering daws of men,' Richard Realf called them the night he died.
always found out some day or other and pecked out of the cage by the real daws.
But the durable, super-fit Daws dug in and Wright was showing damage under his right eye by the end of the third.
Daws earned his shot at this fight after stopping Colin Lynes in nine rounds in January and he will be confident of success, having already beaten Wright once at amateur level.
Off-screen, Daws is currently getting used to becoming a father again.
The stars: Rupert Graves, Sienna Guillory, Robert Daws, Ian Driver, Emma Chambers, Hugh Bonneville, Kathy Kiera-Clarke.
Despite a blistering start from Williams as he took the first two rounds, the ring smart Daws (21-1) soon found the Wallasey man's direct approach easy to pick off.
The 34-year-old had been given a shot at the British crown after impressing in Prizefighter in December and he tested light-welterweight champion Daws to the limit.