from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Variant forms of mew.


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  • But in the middle of algebra, Honor, who hated mathematics, managed to give him a surreptitious pinch, with the result that a long-drawn, impatient, objecting "miau" suddenly resounded through the room.

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  • He called, "Puss! puss! puss!" for he would have been quite glad of its company; but there came no friendly "miau" in response.

    Smith and the Pharaohs, and other Tales

  • Now when the rat-hawk says "miau" the rats run and hide themselves -- for the rat-hawk doesn't understand what it is saying so it is often without food, for it is a wicked bird!

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  • The moment they hear the "miau" they become convinced of their being vanquished and visualising the action? of the cat's teeth and paws makes them flee.

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  • As soon as the weak and sickly cat utters one "miau" the whole multitude of mice become awestruck and one by one they flee to safety.

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  • Aprox. 10 seconds after impact I heard his miau and ran downstairs.

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  • For a triphthong to exist, two closed atonic vowels (“i” or “u”) and, between them, an open vowel (“a”, “e”, or “o”): anunciáis, guau, miau, confiéis.

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  • Update: Elias sez, "This is from the DRAE (Dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy), where you can see that the sound of the cat in Spanish is not 'miao' but 'miau'."

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  • "But, Heidi," now put in Clara, "when you see that it makes Fräulein Rottenmeier angry, why do you keep on saying miau?"


  • At midnight he got up to stir the fire, and, as he poked it, there shrieked suddenly in one corner, "Miau, miau! how cold I am!"

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