cuckoo clock


: a wall or shelf clock that announces the hours by sounds resembling a cuckoo's call

Examples of cuckoo clock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lean into the German vibe at the Frankenmuth Cheese Haus, which stocks more than 120 types of cheese, and the Frankenmuth Clock Company, with its 150-plus cuckoo clocks. Katy Spratte Joyce, Travel + Leisure, 16 Feb. 2023 After all, not everyone gets to garden on 60 acres with seven different types of greenhouses, each with its own specific environmental conditions and staff to keep it all running like Geppetto's cuckoo clock collection. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 21 Jan. 2023 The one who has stayed down has lived less, aged less, the mechanism of his cuckoo clock has oscillated fewer times. Carlo Rovelli, Discover Magazine, 31 May 2018 Why not turn yourself into a giant, walking cuckoo clock? Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, 4 Oct. 2022 The watch changes 20 minutes later and the soldiers, like windup figures in a cuckoo clock, switch position again. WSJ, 17 Sep. 2022 Navarro and PADHiA’s cuckoo clock is featured in a new gallery show, Degrees of Separation, which opens June 25th and will run through July 1st at Julien’s in Beverly Hills, California. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 24 June 2021 Heavy as their subject matter can be, a sense of humor is central to the Duel Diagnosis ethos, something perfectly encapsulated by their new cuckoo clock. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 24 June 2021 The two arrive at a level—inside their home’s mechanical cuckoo clock—where Cody gains the ability to turn back time and May gains the ability to duplicate herself. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 1 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1789, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cuckoo clock was in 1789

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“Cuckoo clock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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cuckoo clock

: a clock that announces the hours with sounds like a cuckoo's call

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