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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Chan’ticleer.
 
The cock, in the tale of Reynard the Fox, and in Chaucer’s Nonne Prestes Tale. The word means “shrill-singer.” (French chanter-clair, to sing clairment, i.e. distinctly.)   1
       
“My lungs began to crow like chanticleer.”
       
Shakespeare: As You Like It, ii. 7.
 


 Chantage.Chaonian Bird (The). 

 
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