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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Cuckoo (A).
 
A watch or clock. The French have the same slang word coucou for a watch or clock. Of course, the word is derived from the German cuckoo-clocks, which, instead of striking the hour, cry cuckoo.   1
 


 Cuckoo.Cuckoo Oats and Woodcock Hay. 

 
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