from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To croak; caw.
- n. The qua-bird or night-heron, Nyctiardea grisea nævia. Also quark, squawk.
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Black-crowned night-heron, Nycticorax nycticorax (protonym, Ardea Nycticorax), also known as the American/common night heron, the quawk or quark (an onomatopoeic term) or simply as the night heron, photographed at Texas City Dike, Texas (USA).
"The gate is open, the brown colt's gone, the brindle calf's going and we are thinking about it; quawk! quawk!" said the three geese, Mrs. Waddle, Mrs. Gabble, and Mrs. Dabble.
Even their distant quawk made her quake, though she feared her end was near.
Quackalina knew the haughty quawk of the proud white ducks of Pekin.
Directly after there came from a distance the scuttering noise made by a duck dabbling its bill in the ooze, and this was followed by a low _quawk_ uttered by some nocturnal bird, perhaps by one of the butterbumps whose hoarse booming cry had come so strangely in the earlier part of the night.
Quoak! 'the rooks as they went by were so contented enjoying the sunshine, they took out the harsh' c 'or' k 'and substituted the softer' q '--' quawk! quowk! '
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Princess, "a sort of sublimated" shivaree "in which oboes quawk, muted trumpets bray, pizzicato strings flutter, and mandolins (loved of
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