from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In milit. music, a call, signal, or command given upon the drum.
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Once I heard a wounded bird give three or four beats of his drum-call, and when I went into the grapevine thicket, where he had fallen, I found him lying flat on his back, beating his sides with his wings.
He heard the drum-call on the still morning air and 'reckoned there was a cock patridge to git,' and came sneaking up the ravine with his gun.
After three years of discipline, of going to bed by drum - call, of waking by drum-call, and obeying the orders of others, this new independence added a supreme flavor to all my pleasures.
The drum-call is made by the male bird who, beating the air with his wings, produces the sound.
Or perhaps you will be startled by the rolling drum-call.
a triumph, you would hear his loud drum-call rolling through the May splendor, calling as many wives as possible to share his rich living.