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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An insect-eating nocturnal North American bird (Caprimulgus vociferus) of the goatsucker family, having spotted brown feathers that blend with its woodland habitat.

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  • n. a nocturnal insectivorous bird of North America, Caprimulgus vociferus, a type of nightjar, named after its characteristic call.

Etymologies

Imitative of its call.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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