Definitions

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

  • n. A fruit-eating nocturnal bird (Steatornis caripensis) of South America, whose young have a layer of fat that yields an oil used in cooking and for lighting. Also called oilbird.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A nocturnal bird of South America and Trinidad (Steatornis caripensis, or S. steatornis); the oilbird.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A nocturnal bird of South America and Trinidad (Steatornis Caripensis, or S. steatornis); -- called also oilbird.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The oil-bird, Steatornis caripensis, a large goatsucker of the family Caprimulgidæ or placed in Steatornithidæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. nocturnal fruit-eating bird of South America that has fatty young yielding an oil that is used instead of butter

Etymologies

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

American Spanish guácharo, from guacho, vagabond, from Quechua wáhcha, poor person, orphan.

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Compare Spanish sickly, dropsical, guacharaca a sort of bird.

Examples

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  • The more, the merrier! Though I think I do have it listed under oilbird. :-)

    March 14, 2008

  • Oh my god, another bird word I found before reesetee listed it!

    "Eduardo spoke with great eagerness of the guacharo, a very singular bird he had discovered in a vast cavern near Cajamarca in the Andes..."

    --O'Brian, The Wine-Dark Sea, 177

    March 14, 2008