from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A crowlike Old World bird of the genus Pyrrhocorax, especially P. pyrrhocorax, having black plumage and red legs.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Two species of bird of the genus Pyrrhocorax in the crow family Corvidae that breed mainly in high mountains and on coastal sea cliffs of Eurasia.
- n. The white-winged chough, of genus Corcorax in the Australian mud-nest builders family, Corcoracidae, that inhabits dry woodlands.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A bird of the Crow family (Fregilus graculus) of Europe. It is of a black color, with a long, slender, curved bill and red legs; -- also called chauk, chauk-daw, chocard, Cornish chough, red-legged crow. The name is also applied to several allied birds, as the Alpine chough.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An oscine passerine bird of the family Corvidæ, the red-legged or Cornish crow, Fregilus or Pyrrhocorax graculus, of a black color, with red feet and beak.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a European corvine bird of small or medium size with red legs and glossy black plumage
Middle English.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English choȝe, from Old English cēo, from Proto-Germanic *kēwōn (compare Norwegian kaie), from Proto-Indo-European *geh₁(i)- ‘sing’ (compare Lithuanian giedóti, Tocharian A kāk 'he calls upon', Sanskrit गायति (gāyati)). (Wiktionary)