bird·​call | \ ˈbərd-ˌkȯl How to pronounce birdcall (audio) \

Definition of birdcall

1 : a device for imitating the cry of a bird
2 : the note or cry of a bird also : a sound imitative of it

Examples of birdcall in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Before the last silence, with birdcalls in the woodwinds, there is a spell of absolute fulfillment, of all-embracing spiritual warmth. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The Shimmering Magnificence of Jessye Norman," 3 Oct. 2019 The artist dresses up as a Hong Kong policeman from the British colonial era, holding a Long Range Acoustic Device, or LRAD, a non-lethal sonic weapon, beaming concentrated sound or birdcalls at his audience. Vivienne Chow, Quartz, "Twelve works of art that chart the emotional upheavals of the Hong Kong protests," 31 Dec. 2019 Every detail, from a broken branch to a birdcall, is part of a larger story that makes sense when told the right way. Ken Geiger, National Geographic, "Why walking safaris are the best way to see wildlife," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of birdcall

1639, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of birdcall was in 1639

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“Birdcall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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