Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The oldwife or long-tailed duck (Harelda glacialis) of the arctic regions. See Harelda.

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Examples

  • *Shiver* Luckily my boxes are arriving on Tuesday calloo! callay! so I will have proper winter clothes and will be able to cope.

    Retro awesomeness

  • Huzzah, calloo callay, they turned on the monitor this time turns out that Saturday morning there was a monitor, they just forgot to turn the fershlugginer thing on, and I could actually hear the other musicians.

    Anguished English 16 February 2007

  • While here, the “Calloo-calloo,” is remarkably shy, very rarely venturing out of the seclusion of the thickest jungle, and warning off intruders with a curious note of alarm, half purr, half hiss.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • When “calloo-calloo” comes to the islands, resident blacks look to the flowering of the bean-tree, for the events are coincident; while as they understand all its vocal inflections an important secret is often revealed to them by noisy exclamations.

    My Tropic Isle

  • It is well known that these snakes are frequently found in pairs, and no doubt the “calloo-calloo” had signified the presence of the mate on the occasion of the first alarm.

    My Tropic Isle

  • In heralding the flower of the bean-tree, and thus awakening thoughts of the beans, and in indicating snakes (both desirable and indeed essential articles of food), the “calloo-calloo” performs such valuable service that it is highly commended.

    My Tropic Isle

  • While here, the "Calloo-calloo," is remarkably shy, very rarely venturing out of the seclusion of the thickest jungle, and warning off intruders with a curious note of alarm, half purr, half hiss.

    Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • September, adding to the pleasant sounds of the jungle a loud rich note, which closely resembles the frequent repetition of the name bestowed upon it by the blacks, "Calloo-calloo."

    Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • Thus when "calloo-calloo" shouts "snake" in excited, chattering phrases they run off in the hope of being able to find the game, and generally one suffices to rid the bird of a deceitful and implacable enemy and to provide the camp with a substantial meal.

    My Tropic Isle

  • Among those birds of North Queensland jungles which have marked individualistic characters is that known as the koel cuckoo, which the blacks of some localities have named "calloo-calloo" -- a mimetic term imitative of the most frequent notes of the bird.

    My Tropic Isle

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