Share this entry

Share this page

hoopoe

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

Definition of hoopoe in English:

noun

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
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Definition of hoopoe in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Top searches

= trending
Word of the day vicarious
Pronunciation: vɪˈkɛːrɪəs
adjective
experienced in the imagination through another person's feelings…