from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several Old World birds of the family Upupidae, especially Upupa epops, having distinctively patterned plumage, a fanlike crest, and a slender, downward-curving bill.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An Old World bird, Upupa epops, known for its distinctive plumage, fanlike crest, and slender bill.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A European bird of the genus Upupa (Upupa epops), having a beautiful crest, which it can erect or depress at pleasure, and a slender down-curving bill. Called also hoop, whoop. The name is also applied to several other species of the same genus and allied genera.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tenuirostral non-passerine bird of the family Upupidæ.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of several crested Old World birds with a slender downward-curved bill
Alteration (influenced by Latin ūpupa) of obsolete hoop, from French huppe, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *ūppa, alteration of Latin upupa, ūpupa, of imitative origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)