from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An American bird (Antrostomus vociferus) allied to the nighthawk and goatsucker; -- so called in imitation of the peculiar notes which it utters in the evening.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An American caprimul gine bird, Antrostomus vociferus, related to the chuck-will's-widow, A. carolinensis, and resembling the European goatsucker, Caprimulgus europæus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. American nocturnal goatsucker with grey-and-white plumage
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I try to think of all the Audubon birds I know and list them in my head: Painted bunting, swallow-tailed hawk, great cinereous owl, whip-poor-will, the hemlock warbler...
A whip-poor-will called in the night, the breeze stirring high branches.
Somewhere in the distance a whip-poor-will beckoned the night.
The human condition put names to everything: bloodroot rockflower whip-poor-will, tulip bitternut hackberry.
Except for a distant barking dog and an even more distant whip-poor-will, everything was quiet.
Then he whistled a soft imitation of a whip-poor-will.
The bullfrogs trump to usher in the night, and the note of the whip-poor-will is borne on the rippling wind from over the water.
I was not only nearer to some of those which commonly frequent the garden and the orchard, but to those smaller and more thrilling songsters of the forest which never, or rarely, serenade a villager — the wood thrush, the veery, the scarlet tanager, the field sparrow, the whip-poor-will, and many others.
Not even rats in the wall, for they were starved out, or rather were never baited in — only squirrels on the roof and under the floor, a whip-poor-will on the ridge-pole, a blue jay screaming beneath the window, a hare or woodchuck under the house,
On the third or fourth of May I saw a loon in the pond, and during the first week of the month I heard the whip-poor-will, the brown thrasher, the veery, the wood pewee, the chewink, and other birds.
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