jackdaw

noun
jack·​daw | \ ˈjak-ˌdȯ How to pronounce jackdaw (audio) \

Definition of jackdaw

1 : a common black and gray bird (Corvus monedula) of Eurasia and northern Africa that is related to but smaller than the carrion crow

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Each in turn saw the jackdaws dead on the earthen floor: seven, as there were seven of them. . . Katherine A. Powers, WSJ, "‘Last Stories’ Review: A 20th-Century Chekhov," 11 May 2018

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1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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jackdaw

noun
jack·​daw | \ ˈjak-ˌdȯ How to pronounce jackdaw (audio) \

Kids Definition of jackdaw

: a black and gray European bird related to but smaller than a crow

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