Tamil words in English

Mark F. Tritsch tritsch at MZDMZA.ZDV.UNI-MAINZ.DE
Sat Feb 7 09:14:14 UTC 1998

On Thu, 05 Feb 1998 S Krishna wrote:
> >> On Thu, 5 Feb 1998, N. Ganesan wrote:

> >> > koel < kuyil
>  This is very interesting..i.e. koel (which is a bird) from kuyil...
> However, the word koel is used only in Indian English and not in other
> parts of the world, where it is invariably the nightingale...

The Koel is not a nightingale. It is a cuckoo (Eudonyamis
scolopaceae) which lays its eggs in the nests of crows (which it
resembles in appearance. Its call can be almost as irritating as that
of the Brainfever Bird (also a cuckoo).

Mark Tritsch

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