Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The night-jar or goatsucker, Caprimulgus europæus: so named from its chirring cry, likened to the noise of a spinning-wheel. Also spinner and wheeler.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.), Prov. Eng. The European goatsucker.
- wheel + bird? (Wiktionary)
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