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To Caw. v.n. [taken from the sound.] To cry as the rook, raven, or crow.

Russet-pated choughs, many in sort,
Rising and cawing at the gun's report.

There is a walk of aged elms, so very high, that the rooks and crows upon the tops seem to be cawing in another region. Addison. Spectator, № 110.

The rook, who high amid the boughs
In early spring, his airy city builds,
And ceaseless caws.
Thomson's Spring.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream (28) · Spectator (140) · Thomson, James (73)

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