Origin of choughMiddle English ; from Indo-European base an unverified form gou-, to cry, scream from source Middle Dutch cauwe, jackdaw, German kauz, screech-owl
- A crowlike Old World bird of the genus Pyrrhocorax, especially P. pyrrhocorax, having black plumage and red legs.
- The white-winged chough (Corcorax melanorhamphos) of Australia, which is similar in appearance to the Old World choughs.
Origin of choughMiddle English, any of various crowlike birds such as the chough and jackdaw; akin to Dutch kauw, jackdaw, probably ultimately imitative of the birds' calls.
From Middle English choughe, choȝe, coo, cheo, from Old English ċēo (“a bird of the genus Corvus, a jay, crow, jackdaw, chough”) and Old English ceahhe (“a daw”), both from Proto-Germanic *kahwǭ, *kahwō (“jackdaw, crow”), from Proto-Indo-European *gow- (“to crow, caw, shout”). Cognate with Scots kae (“jackdaw”), West Frisian ka (“jackdaw”), Dutch kauw (“jackdaw, daw, chough”), Swedish kaja (“jackdaw”). Compare Lithuanian giedóti, Tocharian A kāk (“he calls upon”), Sanskrit गायति (gāyati).