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I called her—stepped to de do' an' called her till de echo o' my voice brought back wid it de cry o' er night bird.

WORD ORIGIN

1610s, from French decrier (14c.; Old French descrier "cry out, announce"), from de- "down, out" (see de-) + crier "to cry," from Latin quiritare (see cry (v.)). In English, the sense has been colored by the presumption that de- in this word means "down."

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