American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A wall or shelf clock that announces intervals of time with a sound imitative of a cuckoo's call and often with the simultaneous emergence of a mechanical bird from a small door.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A clock in winch a mechanical cuckoo announces the hours: originally made in the Black Forest or in Switzerland and known as Black Forest clock.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a clock so constructed that at the time for striking it gives forth sounds resembling the cry of the cuckoo.
- n. clock that announces the hours with a sound like the call of the cuckoo
“Off the Kimberly exit, down Dixie Fire Brick Road onto Lucas Street, was our new, sixty-five-dollar-a-month home, standing against the night like a shabby cuckoo clock perched on stilts.”
“But at this moment the faint tick-tick of the cuckoo clock in the next room, reaching her ear, reminded her of the object of this midnight expedition of hers.”
“Usually, my falls destroy my dreams, the nervous shock being sufficient to bridge the thousand centuries in an instant and hurl me wide awake into my little bed, where, perchance, I lie sweating and trembling and hear the cuckoo clock calling the hour in the hall.”
“Outside it was nearly dark, and inside it was not much more cheerful – for the fire was nearly out, and no lamps were lighted; only the cuckoo clock went on tick-ticking briskly as usual.”
“Eric gave me boots from Spain, 18-karat-gold earrings from Greece, a hand-carved cuckoo clock from Germany, a pair of fish paintings from Japan, a tiny white lamp from Denmark that could fold into itself when not in use.”
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