American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tenuirostral non-passerine bird of the family Upupidæ. The best-known species is Upupa epops, the common hoopoe of Europe, a bird about 12 inches long, with a slender, sharp, decurved bill about 2½ inches long, and a large, thin, compressed, and semicircular crest, erectile at will, on the head. The general color is buff of some shade, varied with black and white on the wings and tail. The bird is insectivorous and migratory, and is widely diffused in Europe, Asia, and Africa. There are several other species of Upupa. The birds of the neighboring family Irrisoridæ are known as wood-hoopoes. Also
- n. An Old World bird, Upupa epops, known for its distinctive plumage, fanlike crest, and slender bill.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) 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.
- 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)
“Of all birds that hatch for themselves the hoopoe is the only one that builds no nest whatever; it gets into the hollow of the trunk of a tree, and lays its eggs there without making any sort of nest.”
“Commentators generally agree that the hoopoe is the bird intended.”
“a bird called a "hoopoe," according to the context.”
“As I arrive, a hoopoe flounces down to the field alongside and, crest outspread, studiously feasts on worms.”
“Pisthetairos and Euelpides, frustrated with life in wartime Athens, search for Tereus, a king who had been changed into a hoopoe, in the realm of the birds in the sky.”
“For example, and this is just for openers, you can be dumb as a dodo, crazy as a coot, silly as a goose, a sitting duck, or simply a dupe from de huppe, the hoopoe, an Old World bird, said to be more stupid than most.”
“The poem is impossible to translate, although I have seen a version with 'amwolf' and 'waswolf' and once, years ago, I found an English equivalent based on a hoopoe rather than a werewolf which then became 'whompoe' and 'whosepoe'.”
“Above it were the roller and bee-eater and hoopoe, all fabulously Mediterranean with hot aureate colors that were not, even in the late 1960s, permitted in Britain yet, except under license to the kingfisher.”
“Wadi Al-Hitan is not separately noted but the desert species hoopoe lark Alaemon alaudipes, probably occurs.”
“It depicts a stream in a rocky environment with several partridges and a hoopoe (a small-medium bird with a distinctive crest).”
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