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cockcrowing


cockcrowing


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cockcrow  \Cock"crow\,  Cockcrowing  \Cock"crow`ing\,  n. 
  The  time  at  which  cocks  first  crow;  the  early  morning. 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Cock-crowing 
  In  our  Lord's  time  the  Jews  had  adopted  the  Greek  and  Roman 
  division  of  the  night  into  four  watches,  each  consisting  of 
  three  hours,  the  first  beginning  at  six  o'clock  in  the  evening 
  (Luke  12:38;  Matt.  14:25;  Mark  6:48).  But  the  ancient  division, 
  known  as  the  first  and  second  cock-crowing,  was  still  retained. 
  The  cock  usually  crows  several  times  soon  after  midnight  (this 
  is  the  first  crowing),  and  again  at  the  dawn  of  day  (and  this  is 
  the  second  crowing).  Mark  mentions  (14:30)  the  two 
  cock-crowings.  Matthew  (26:34)  alludes  to  that  only  which  was 
  emphatically  the  cock-crowing,  viz,  the  second