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poorwill

Pronunciation: /ˈpɔːwɪl/
Pronunciation: /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.

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