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v. cack·led, cack·ling, cack·les
1. To make the shrill cry characteristic of a hen after laying an egg.
2. To laugh or talk in a shrill manner.
To utter in cackles: cackled a sarcastic reply.
1. The act or sound of cackling.
2. Shrill laughter.
3. Foolish chatter.
[Middle English cakelen, probably from Middle Low German kākeln, of imitative origin.]
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|Noun||1.||cackler - a hen that has just laid an egg and emits a shrill squawk|
|2.||cackler - any of various insectivorous Old World birds with a loud incessant song; in some classifications considered members of the family Muscicapidae|
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