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CLOCHARET, Clochret, Cloughret, n. Applied to the wheatear, Saxicola œae.nanthe, or to the stonechat, Saxicola torquata, the name being in either case derived from the sharp “chack-chack” note of the bird (see etym. note). [′klɔx(ə)rət] Sc. 1808  Jam.:
Clocharet. This is one of the birds, in whose natural history, as related by the vulgar, we perceive the traces of ancient superstition. It is believed in the North of Sc. that the toad covers the eggs of this bird during its absence from the nest. Some, indeed, assert, that the toad hatches the young stone-chatter.
Ags. 1867  G. W. Donald Poems, etc. 28:
An' the clochret peeps ‘neath the yellow broom.
Per. 1795  Stat. Acc.1 IX. 490:
The curlew or whaap, and clocharet are summer birds.
Per. 1898  E.D.D.:
The lambs they bleat, the cloughrets call.

[Cf. Gael. clacharan (MacLennan), cloichirein, clochlain, the stone-chat (Macleod and Dewar), from clach (genitive cloiche), a stone, “from the similarity between its alarm-note and the striking together of two pebbles” (Swainson).]

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