Definition of goatsucker in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡōtˌsəkər/


Another term for nightjar.
Example sentences
  • Birds in this family are also known, unflatteringly, as oilbirds, frogmouths, and goatsuckers, the last based on an old myth that these birds use their expansive maws to steal milk from goats.
  • They belong to a group of birds called goatsuckers or also known as nightjars for their nighttime singing.
  • The best time of the year to census goatsuckers is early in the breeding season when birds are most vocal.


Early 17th century: so named because the bird was thought to suck goats' udders.

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Syllabification: goat·suck·er

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