from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A brood; a litter.
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And not only does he listen to the 'clecking' of his hen and know what it means: he knows too that the egg she has laid is long and white; so that ere he enclose it in his verse, you can see him take it in his hand, and look at it with a sort of boyish wonder and delight.
“I wish there wasna sic a bird as a goose in the wide warld, forby the clecking that we hae at the burn-side.”
Howsomever, lo and behold, what was clecking downstairs.
"As it has been of ower mony brave men," said Tibb; "I wish there wasna sic a bird as a goose in the wide warld, forby the clecking that we hae at the burn-side."
'Hout, na, ye needna be blate about that; their house is muckle enough, and clecking time's aye canty time.'"