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Daw. n.s. [supposed by Skinner so named from his note; by Junius to be corrupted from dawl; the German tul, and dol, in the Bavarian dialect, having the same signification.] The name of a bird.

I will wear my heart upon my sleeve,
For daws to pick it.
Shakespeare's Othello.

If death do quench us quite, we have great wrong,
That daws, and trees, and rocks should last so long,
When we must in an instant pass to nought.

The loud daw, his throat displaying, draws
The whole assembly of his fellow daws.

Sources: Davies, John (45) · Junius, Francis (23) · Shakespeare's Othello (60) · Skinner, Stephen (55) · Waller, Edmund (63)

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