from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A song or call of a woodland bird.
- noun A natural, spontaneous verbal expression.
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Again the songs in Beaumont and Fletcher stand very high, perhaps highest of all next to Shakespere's in respect of the "woodnote wild."
A History of Elizabethan Literature George Saintsbury 1889
The musical character (less inarticulate and more regular), which has also been noted in the poems of the _trouvères_, is here eminent: though the woodnote wild of the
“The Banks of Cree,” the words written by Mr. Burns, beginning — “Here is the glen, and here the bower;” and had just finished the first line of — “Wilt thou be my dearie?” by the same charming poet, when a second stop was put to “the woodnote wild,” equally unexpected as the former.