Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The song or cry of a bird.
  • n. An imitation of the song or cry of a bird.
  • n. A small device for producing this sound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The characteristic cry of a bird
  • n. An imitation of this cry
  • n. A device used to imitate this cry

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sound made in imitation of the note or cry of a bird for the purpose of decoying the bird or its mate.
  • n. An instrument of any kind, as a whistle, used in making the sound of a birdcall.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An instrument for imitating the cry of birds in order to attract or decoy them.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a device for imitating a birdcall
  • n. the characteristic sound produced by a bird

Etymologies

bird +‎ call (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I initially downloaded a free birdcall app, but it included only about 20 species.

    This App Is for the Birds

  • That usually refers to works that go to the extremes of the orchestra, beyond the meat-and-potatoes of strings and winds and brass: a stroke of harp, a shimmer of cymbal, the mellow birdcall of an oboe d'amore or the flatulence of a contrabassoon.

    Hans Graf conducts Jean-Yves Thibaudet, National Symphony in Ravel, Debussy

  • All around was the sound of dripping water, interrupted by the occasional clear birdcall.

    Tran Siberian

  • He raises his arms to shield himself, the birdcall surrounding him like manic laughter.

    Corvus

  • (Soundbite of birdcall) Mr. MEIBURG: Steeple Jason is two-peaks rising out of the South Atlantic and are home to the largest breeding colony of black proud albatrosses in the world.

    Bird Sounds Recorded from Far Afield

  • (Soundbite of a birdcall) Mr. MEIBURG: And this sound comes from a bird survey I worked on in the Falkland Islands - specifically, from a remote island called Steeple Jason.

    Bird Sounds Recorded from Far Afield

  • “Give the workingman the right to employment as long as he has health,” he said, “assure him of care when heis sick and maintenance when he is old, and the socialists will sound their birdcall in vain.”

    FORGE OF EMPIRES 1861-1871

  • The city was the same, but he was a new man seeing it: The ancient stonework; the vines that rose on the walls and were pulled back every year only to crawl up again; the mixture of languages from all across the world that came to the seafront; the songs of the beggars and cries of birdcall.

    A Shadow in Summer

  • The nice thing about this book is that everybody is able to communicate with one another by coming up with a different onomatopoeia-ish word for the same birdcall.

    Archive 2006-05-01

  • At first, I had thought it a distant birdcall from the garden, but now I realized that the soft trilling matched the cadence of breath.

    Shaman's Crossing

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