from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The whistler, or hoary marmot, Arctomys pruinosus.
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I like to think that it also expresses the generic character of people who like to whistle, and although I know it can sometimes be intolerable to have a habitual siffleur in the family, forever performing " Pedro the Fisherman, " I still mourn the decline of the whistlers.
And as she puts the question she stands still and gazes at him; -- her voice is no longer mocking: it has taken another tone, -- a tone soft as the long golden note of the little brown bird they call the _siffleur-de-montagne_, the mountain-whistler ....
Now and then you hear a low long sweet sound like the deepest tone of a silver flute, -- a bird-call, the cry of the _siffleur-de-montagne_; then all is stillness.
Others bark like ` toy-dogs, 'while still other kinds utter a whistling noise, from which one species derives its trivial name of ` whistler' among the traders, and is the ` siffleur 'of the Canadian voyageurs.
Others bark like 'toy-dogs,' while still other kinds utter a whistling noise, from which one species derives its trivial name of 'whistler' among the traders, and is the 'siffleur' of the Canadian voyageurs.
_siffleur_; and we sometimes call him by the very inappropriate name of ground-hog.