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"Meow," my father said, and I believed my heart broke then and there.

He would bleed her, and his French—la, my cat can meow better French.

"They meow and cry like everything on the back fence," said the third fiddler.

That is what dogs do when they bay at the moon, cats when they meow, and the birds when they sing.

But if Wright did not understand me, as I hoped he would not, my husband did, and his inevitable "Meow!"

Why, if they wanted to stand on their heads and meow like cats, I would bark an accompaniment cause I like them so.

Then at its highest and loudest there was a prolonged "meow" and silence, followed finally by the sweet chant of the Song-sparrow.

He "meow'd" with caution once or twice, as he went; then jumped to the roof of the woodshed and thence to the ground.

The Persian gave a meow of greeting, then walked up and rubbed against Barby's legs.

She was talking very fast,—in her meow talk, you know,—and behind her stood Mother Sue with the kitten in her mouth.

WORD ORIGIN

representation of cat sound, 1842, earlier miaow, miau, meaw (1630s). Of imitative origin, cf. French miaou, German miauen, Persian maw, Japanese nya nya, Arabic nau-nau, and Joyce's mrkgnao. In Chinese, miau means "cat." As a verb by 1630s, meaw, also meawle. Cf. Old French miauer "to meow, caterwaul." Related: Meowed; meowing.

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