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- n. Archaic form of hoopoe.
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- n. any of several crested Old World birds with a slender downward-curved bill
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The King, it appears, chose the hoopoo and the cock for his companions, and appointed the doves to dwell in the temple which he was to erect
The hoopoo: "He that shows no mercy, shall not obtain mercy."
Man to start for the pampas of Patagonia to hunt the hoopoo.
Wherever lay a patch of white and yellow flowers or of rough grass no bigger than a prayer rug, a lark soared from its nest singing its jewel-song; and here and there a gentle hoopoo reared the crown which rewarded it for guiding lost King Solomon and his starving army to safety.
As for hoopoe, I will quote The Century Dictionary, definition and all, with its abbreviations expanded: "The form hoopoe was doubtless originally pronounced like hoopoo, which, with hoophoop, first appears about 1667-78; an imitative variant or clipped reduplication of the earlier hoop, apparently after Latin upaupa ….