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Middle English cokerel diminutive of cok cock cock1
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Middle English cockerelle, equivalent to cock + -rel.
Mornings are heralded by the local cockerel but he is never up too early!
Should you have a cockerel, you can be sure he will do his best to fertilize the eggs.
To hear a cockerel crowing as you set off to work is heralded as an omen of good luck for the day.
Christmas morning between 3am and dawn men gathered at churches to sing carols until the cockerel crowed.
He compared the image of a strutting cockerel with its fine feathers and the men dressed up to go out.
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