piet-my-vrou, noun

Forms:
peit myn vrouw, piet-mein-vrowShow more Also peit myn vrouw, piet-mein-vrow, piet mifrau, piet-mij-vrouw, piet-mijn-vrouw, piet-myn vrouw, pit me frow, pit-me-wrou, and with initial capital(s).
Origin:
South African DutchShow more South African Dutch, onomatopoeic from the bird’s three-note call.
The migratory red-chested cuckoo Cuculus solitarius of the Cuculidae; its call.
1790 tr. of F. Le Vaillant’s Trav. II. 311He had scarcely killed the female, when the male began to pursue him with great fury, continually repeating Pit-me-wrou, Pit-me-wrou! It must be observed that these two words exactly represent the animal’s cry.
1991 T. Baron in Sunday Times 5 May 27A passable imitation of the red-breasted cuckoo or piet-my-vrou.
The migratory red-chested cuckoo Cuculus solitarius of the Cuculidae; its call.

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