TRUMPETER
The king of Spain's trumpeter; a braying ass. His trumpeter is dead, he is therefore forced to sound his own trumpet. He would make an excellent trumpeter, for he has a strong breath; said of one having a fetid breath.

The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.

Trump"et*er (?), n.

1.

One who sounds a trumpet.

2.

One who proclaims, publishes, or denounces.

These men are good trumpeters. Bacon.

3. Zool. (a)

Any one of several species of long-legged South American birds of the genus Psophia, especially P. crepitans, which is abundant, and often domesticated and kept with other poultry by the natives. They are allied to the cranes. So called from their loud cry. Called also agami, and yakamik.

(b)

A variety of the domestic pigeon.

(c)

An American swan (Olor buccinator) which has a very loud note.

4. Zool.

A large edible fish (Latris hecateia) of the family Cirrhitidae, native of Tasmania and New Zealand. It sometimes weighs as much as fifty or sixty pounds, and is highly esteemed as a food fish.

 

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