Definition of owlet-nightjar in English:

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owlet-nightjar

Pronunciation: /ˌoulətˈnītˌjär/

noun

A nocturnal Australasian bird resembling a small nightjar, with an owllike face and a large gape.
  • Family Aegothelidae and genus Aegotheles: several species.
Example sentences
  • As shown by a recent phylogenetic analysis, owlet-nightjars are the sister group of swifts and hummingbirds.
  • The Australian Owlet-nightjar, Aegotheles cristatus, is a nocturnal bird found in open woodland across Australia and in southern New Guinea.

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Syllabification: owl·et-night·jar

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