Definition of coucal
: any of various large long-tailed, brown-and-black cuckoos (genus Centropus) of Africa, southern Asia, and Australia that resemble pheasants especially in plumage pattern and habits — see crow pheasant
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Origin and Etymology of coucal
French, perhaps from coucou cuckoo (of imitative origin) + alouette lark, from Old French aloete, diminutive of aloe, from Latin alauda, from Gaulish
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