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mopoke

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Pronunciation: /ˈməʊpəʊk
 
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Definition of mopoke in English:

noun

1 (also morepork) Australian another term for boobook.
Example sentences
  • The sun suddenly sinks, and the mopokes burst out into horrible peels of semi human laughter.
  • Multiple species windbreaks can be a habitat for owls, mopokes and other predatory birds which will eat the rats, mice and other vermin that cause havoc within an orchard.
  • OK, they're actually called Boobook Owls, but all right-minded people call them mopokes due to their call.
1.1A tawny frogmouth (see frogmouth).
Example sentences
  • The large tawny frogmouth, or mopoke, is found in most of Australia and in Tasmania.

Origin

early 19th century: imitative of the bird's cry.

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