BÚ is how the early Irish represented the sound made by a cow. GÓ was the honk of a goose and CÚ the call of the cuckoo. An astonishing array of sounds, including GRÁC, GROB, ERR, ÚR, CARNA, GRÁD and COIN, are attributed to the raven. Some of these are common nouns reflecting belief in the raven's ability to communicate information about unfolding events. COIN, for example, can mean 'wolves'; a raven making such a sound is said to be warning of wolves coming towards a sheep-fold.
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