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Chánticleer. n.s. [from chanter and clair, Fr.] The name given to the cock, from the clearness and loudness of his crow.

And chearful chanticleer, with his note shrill,
Had warned once, that Phœbus' firy car
In haste was climbing up the eastern hill.
Fairy Queen, b. i.

        Hark, hark, I hear
The strain of strutting chanticleer.
Shakesp. Tempest.

Stay, the chearful chanticleer
Tells you that the time is near.
Ben. Johnson's Mask.

These verses were mentioned by Chaucer, in the description of the sudden stir, and panical fear, when Chanticleer the cock was carried away by Reynold the fox. Camden's Remains.

Within this homestead liv'd without a peer,
For crowing loud, the noble chanticleer.
Dryden's Fab.

Sources: Camden, William (28) · Dryden, John (788) · Jonson, Ben (70) · Spenser, Edmund (254) · Shakespeare's Tempest (50)

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