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the harsh, grating cries of certain birds, such as crows
Not to be confused with:
cause – make, create, produce: cause a riot; bring about; a principle or movement to which one is dedicated: a worthy cause
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The hoarse raucous sound that is characteristic of a crow or similar bird.
intr.v. cawed, caw·ing, caws
To utter such a hoarse raucous sound.

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Since I've been lying here, I've watched them every night; and, do you know, they really do come and perch, all of them, just about locking-up time; and then first there's a regular chorus of caws; and then they stop a bit, and one old fellow, or perhaps two or three in different trees, caw solos; and then off they all go again, fluttering about and cawing anyhow till they roost."
Seeing some travelers approaching, the Crow flew up into a tree, and perching herself on one of the branches, cawed as loudly as she could.
He had long been looking at Gerda and shaking his head; and now he said, "Caw! Caw!" Good day!
And whenever he walked down the street in his high hat everyone would say, "There goes the Doctor!--He's a clever man." And the dogs and the children would all run up and follow behind him; and even the crows that lived in the church-tower would caw and nod their heads.
It was to the island that Peter now flew to put his strange case before old Solomon Caw, and he alighted on it with relief, much heartened to find himself at last at home, as the birds call the island.
I remember as a most pleasant impression the broad, clear front, its open windows and fresh curtains and the pair of maids looking out; I remember the lawn and the bright flowers and the crunch of my wheels on the gravel and the clustered treetops over which the rooks circled and cawed in the golden sky.
Mae'r daith yn costio pounds 10, ond am pounds 10 ychwanegol gallwch gael pryd o fwyd a thocyn i wylio sioe Bara Caws.
Yn ddiweddar cafodd y caws statws gwarchodol sy'n golygu nad yw'n bosib ei efelychu na'i gopio.
Linda of Bara Linda Brown, director of Theatr Bara Caws, said: "As a company we are devastated by Stewart's death.
Our second nominee is Caws Cenarth, the brainchild of farmer's wife Thelma Adams, who started diversifying into cheesemaking as a means of adding value to the family West Wales dairy farm.
Dydi hyn ddim yn wir am bob caws - mae'n gas gen i'r stwff sydd wedi ei fygu, a dydi feta ddim yn gwneud llawer i mi; ond rhowch i mi gaws glas da, caws Brie de Meaux meddal, neu sleisen rwberaidd o Jarlsberg a dwi'n gwenu fel giat.
Hoffai Bara Caws ddiolch i bawb am eu cefnogaeth drwy'r daith ac edrychwn ymlaen i'ch gweld i gyd yn ein cynyrchiadau nesaf yn y 'steddfod."