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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
"Hototogisu" is the Japanese word for cuckoo, a bird which apparently in Japanese culture is a symbol of the netherworld - an infernal bird, a spook with wings.
  1. Any of various birds, of the family Cuculidae, famous for laying its eggs in the nests of other species; but especially Cuculus canorus that has a characteristic two-note call
  2. The sound of that particular bird.
  3. The bird shaped figure found in Swiss/German clocks (cuckoo clocks) or the clock itself.
  4. Someone found where they shouldn't be (used especially in the phrase 'A cuckoo in the nest'.)
  5. Someone who is crazy.

Brood parasitism

Some species of cuckoos are brood parasites. This behavior has led to the entry of the term cuckold into the English language, which describes a man with an unfaithful wife.

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