The cock, in the tale of Reynard the Fox, and in
Chaucer's Nonne Prestes Tale. The word means “shrill-singer.”
(French chanter-clair, to sing clairment, i.e.
“My lungs began to crow like chanticleer.”
Shakespeare: As you Like It,
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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