Definition of hoopoe in English:


Line breaks: hoo¦poe
Pronunciation: /ˈhuːpuː
, -pəʊ/


  • A salmon-pink Eurasian bird with a long downcurved bill, a large erectile crest, and black-and-white wings and tail.
    • Upupa epops, the only member of the family Upupidae
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    • Seemingly invisible on our horses we rode amongst azure-winged magpies, great bustard, hoopoes and a hundred other species of birds.
    • Black and white bands cross the hoopoe's wings, back and tail.
    • There were birds everywhere, of all types - hoopoes, wagtails, tits, finches, and sparrows and swallows nesting in the beams of the house; there were cuckoos singing by day and nightjars by night.


mid 17th century: alteration of obsolete hoop, from Old French huppe, from Latin upupa, imitative of the bird's call.

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