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Oct 12, 2021
This week’s theme
Bird words

This week’s words
dovecote
puttock
raven messenger
pigeonhole
war hawk

puttock
A buzzard with a mouse
Photo: Rob Zweers

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puttock

PRONUNCIATION:
(PUHT-uhk)

MEANING:
noun:
1. Any of various birds of prey.
2. A greedy person, especially one who preys on others.

ETYMOLOGY:
Of uncertain origin, perhaps from Old English putta (hawk). Earliest documented use: 1175.

USAGE:
“He feeds on sin like a puttock.”
Simon Palfrey; Attending to Tom; Shakespeare Quarterly (Oxford, UK); Spring 2014.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Someone is Hindu, someone is Muslim, someone is Christian / Everyone is hell-bent on not becoming a human being. -Nida Fazli, poet (12 Oct 1938-2016)

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