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Cikavac (Serbian pronunciation: [tsikaʋats]) is a mythical creature in Serbian mythology, imagined as a winged animal (a bird) with long beak and a pelican-like sack.[1]

A cikavac could be acquired by taking an egg from a black hen, which would then be carried by a woman under her armpit for 40 days, during which time one would not confess, cut nails, wash face or pray.[1] The cikavac would then suck honey from others' beehives and milk of others' cattle, and bring it to the owner; it would fulfill any owner's wish, and also enable its owner to understand the animal language.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Š. Kulišić; P. Ž. Petrović; N. Pantelić (1970). "Цикавац". Српски митолошки речник (in Serbian). Belgrade: Nolit. p. 299. 

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