from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.


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  • Each year the house was occupied until the post decayed and the paint keg fell down, but in memory the sad call-note is still heard when spring comes, for it is house hunting time once more, and the bluebirds are looking for the home they had known.

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  • The decoy birds attract other goldfinches by their call-note; these sometimes alight on the trap, which instantly closes upon them; sometimes they alight on the twig smeared with bird-lime, which is so sticky that they cannot free themselves from it.

    Country Walks of a Naturalist with His Children

  • Then, all of a sudden he hears the call-note of the nut-hatch, and if he is wise, he will follow it up until he comes upon the company, which will not be far away from where the nut-hatch is heard.

    Ohio Arbor Day 1913: Arbor and Bird Day Manual Issued for the Benefit of the Schools of our State

  • The call-note of a redbird from the cedars in the dusk5

    Good Company

  • Back among the muskeg reeds the waders are courting and chattering, and early this morning I heard the plaintive winnowing call-note of the Wilson snipe, and later the _punk-e-lunk_ love-cry of a bittern to his mate.

    The Prairie Child

  • It seemed almost like the intimacy of old friendship, this quiet interval in the sun, with the moving shadows of leaves at their feet and the music of the water in their ears -- a silence unbroken save by that, and the pure, sweet call-note of some woodland bird from the thickets beyond.

    The Danger Mark

  • One of a couple (say, the female) returns to the trees where they are accustomed to meet, and after a time, becoming impatient or anxious at the delay of her consort, utters a very long, clear call-note.

    Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 3 Analysis of the Sexual Impulse; Love and Pain; The Sexual Impulse in Women

  • If he started a brooding grouse and the young birds scattered themselves in all directions, he could gather them all around him by imitating the mother's call-note.

    Tales of the Ridings

  • In every part of the hill country it abounds, and its ringing call-note in early morning echoes from cliff to cliff alike amid the barrenness of the hills of Judea and in the glens of the forest of Carmel.

    Smith's Bible Dictionary

  • (Heb. tzippor, from a root signifying to "chirp" or "twitter," which appears to be a phonetic representation of the call-note of any passerine (sparrow-like) bird).

    Smith's Bible Dictionary


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  • He pledged low taxes to summon the vote,

    A cry that he thought the voters' call-note.

    But these, like wise owls

    And not silly fowls,

    Withheld their votes 'cause he got their goat.

    July 23, 2014