1. Music One who plays the trumpet.
2. One who announces something, as a herald.
3. Any of several mostly ground-dwelling birds of the genus Psophia of tropical South America, having a loud resonant call.
4. The trumpeter swan.
5. Any of several breeds of domestic pigeon having a shell-shaped crest, heavily feathered feet, and a loud call.
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