Definition of shitepoke in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʃʌɪtpəʊk/


North American informal
Any of a number of birds of the heron family.
Example sentences
  • The shitepoke, or shag as it is sometimes known, is the smallest heron in the western hemisphere.
  • As they were going along they found the feathers of different kinds of birds, such as the crane, shitepoke, duck, etc., which they collected.
  • Both boys liked to watch the creek birds, the ospreys, the egrets, the green herons, and the enormous great blue herons, the shitepokes, that looked as big as the storks in fairy tales.


Late 18th century: from shite (because of the bird's habit of defecating when disturbed) + the noun poke1.

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Line breaks: shite|poke

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