American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A goatsucker, especially Caprimulgus europaeus of Europe, having gray and brown mottled plumage with long, slender white wings and a short bill.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bird, Caprimulgus europæus, of the family Caprimulgidæ. The name is sometimes extended to all the goatsuckers or birds of the same family. Also called night-churr, night-crow, churn-owl, fern-owl, etc.
- n. Any of various medium-sized nocturnal birds of the family Caprimulgidae, that feed predominantly on moths and other large flying insects.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A goatsucker, esp. the European species. See
- n. mainly crepuscular or nocturnal nonpasserine birds with mottled greyish-brown plumage and large eyes; feed on insects
- night + jar2 (from its harsh call). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Our nightjar was a few metres away, but she betrayed no anxiety except to keep her pale lids fractionally open so that we could see a third of her liquid dark eyes.”
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“There is a glorious passage by Henry Thoreau of his encounter with a nightjar relative called a nighthawk.”
“Somehow all of that nightjar inheritance was there before us in her all-seeing, stone-like quiescence.”
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“A wing was all that was known of an Ethiopian nightjar, Caprimulgus solala, but adventurous birdwatchers managed to spot it, though they weren't able to capture it.”
“The national park is, of course, gorgeous, home to bats, cute ickle ponies and the odd nightjar.”
“April 24th, 2008 at 5: 52 pm nightjar guess not, sorry about that.”
“April 24th, 2008 at 7: 41 pm nightjar but if it were not for the commenters and readership, this weblog would be little more than an insane person walking down the cybersphere ranting to himself.”
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