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poor-will Syllabification: poor-will
Pronunciation: /po͝orˈwil/
(also poorwill)

Definition of poor-will in English:


A small nightjar found mainly in central and western North America.
  • Three genera in the family Caprimulgidae: four species, in particular the common poor-will (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii), which hibernates in cold weather


Late 19th century: imitative of its call.

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