Definition of poorwill in English:

poorwill

Line breaks: poor|will
Pronunciation: /ˈpɔːwɪl
 
, ˈpʊəwɪl/

noun

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

Origin

late 19th century: imitative of its call.

Definition of poorwill in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day neoteny
Pronunciation: niːˈɒt(ə)ni
noun
retention of juvenile features in the adult animal