Daw (?), n. [OE. dawe; akin to OHG. taha, MHG. tahe, tahele, G. dohle. Cf. Caddow.] Zool.

A European bird of the Crow family (Corvus monedula), often nesting in church towers and ruins; a jackdaw.

The loud daw, his throat displaying, draw The whole assembly of his fellow daws. Waller.

⇒ The daw was reckoned as a silly bird, and a daw meant a simpleton. See in Shakespeare: -- "Then thou dwellest with daws too." (Coriolanus iv. 5, 1. 47.) Skeat.


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Daw, v. i. [OE. dawen. See Dawn.]

To dawn. [Obs.] See Dawn.


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Daw, v. t. [Contr. fr. Adaw.]


To rouse.



To daunt; to terrify.


B. Jonson.


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