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.
There are some great Christmas tunes out there – Slade, Wizzard, Mariah Carey – and as the Big Day approaches you would think that the dancefloors might capitulate under the strain of festive revellers and play some of the classics towards the end of the night, but no: whilst every other whippoorwill is forcing Christmas cheer down your throats with shocking immodesty, the dancefloors seem determined to resist its very existence.
We have not seen that species of goatsucker called the whippoorwill, which is commonly confounded in the United
We have not seen either that species of goatsucker or nighthawk called the whippoorwill, which is commonly confounded in the
History of the Expedition under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, Vol. I. To the Sources of the Missouri, Thence Across the Rocky Mountains and Down the River Columbia to the Pacific Ocean. Performed During the Years 1804-5-6.
The birds that sing all day have hushed, and the horned owls, the monster frogs, and that strange and ominous fowl (if fowl it be, and not, as some assert, a spirit damned) which we English call the whippoorwill, are yet silent.
The name Guaquili has a Cherokee sound and may be connected with wa′gulĭ′, "whippoorwill," uwâ′ gi'ĭ, "foam," or gi'lĭ, "dog."
Indians of North Carolina: Letter from the Secretary of the Interior, Transmitting, in Response to a Senate Resolution of June 30, 1914, a Report on the Condition and Tribal Rights of the Indians of Robeson and Adjoining Counties of North Carolina
We also saw a bird that really was protectively colored; a kind of whippoorwill which even the sharp-eyed naturalists could only make out because it moved its head.
Only the whippoorwill responds, so McCadams monologues.
On the other hand, I would bet that most, if shown a picture of Mr. Eastwood in his spaghetti western regalia, would be able to whistle the whippoorwill riff from "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly."
The first chirp comes at 4 a.m. in May after a night of barred owl coyote howl, and yes, the whippoorwill.
So I am returning to Virginia to experience that nourishment I need every day, to be filled by my surroundings -- the green mountain vista, the storms that roll through the valley, the sounds of a whippoorwill on a summer night, the soft earth under my feet on forest trails.
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