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chuck-will's-widow Syllabification: chuck-will's-wid·ow
Pronunciation: /ˌCHək ˌwilz ˈwidō/ /ˈwidə/

Definition of chuck-will's-widow in English:


A large nightjar native to eastern North America.
  • Caprimulgus carolinensis, family Caprimulgidae
Example sentences
  • A large nightjar of the southeastern United States, the Chuck-will's-widow is well known for its continuous singing of its name at dusk.
  • Chuck-will's-widows migrate in Texas from late March through early May and will initiate breeding soon after arriving on their breeding grounds.
  • Only rarely are chuck-will's-widows found during the daytime; most records are for night-singing birds.


Late 18th century: imitative of its call.

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