from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A song or call characteristic of a woodland bird.
- n. Natural, spontaneous verbal utterance.
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Again the songs in Beaumont and Fletcher stand very high, perhaps highest of all next to Shakespere's in respect of the "woodnote wild."
The musical character (less inarticulate and more regular), which has also been noted in the poems of the _trouvères_, is here eminent: though the woodnote wild of the
“The Banks of Cree,” the words written by Mr. Burns, beginning — “Here is the glen, and here the bower;” and had just finished the first line of — “Wilt thou be my dearie?” by the same charming poet, when a second stop was put to “the woodnote wild,” equally unexpected as the former.
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