Definition of poorwill in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɔːwɪl/


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.


Late 19th century: imitative of its call.

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