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- n. Alternative spelling of night bird.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The Manx shearwater (Puffinus Anglorum).
- n. A person who likes to be active late at night; a night owl.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bird that flies by night; especially, an owl; in the following quotation, the night-heron.
- n. A bird that sings by night; specifically, the nightingale.
- n. The Manx shearwater, Puffinus anglorum.
- n. The gallinule of Europe, Gallinula chloropus.
- n. One who stays out late at night, or works chiefly by night.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any bird associated with night: owl; nightingale; nighthawk; etc
- n. a person who likes to be active late at night
Sorry, no etymologies found.
More recently, Mayr et al. (2003) found Leptosomus to group with frogmouths in the 'nightbird' + apodiform clade, Ericson et al. (2006) found Leptosomus to be outside of a land bird clade that includes owls, mousebirds, 'core coraciiforms', trogons and piciforms (woodpeckers and kin), and Hackett et al. (2008) found Leptosomus to be close to (but outside of) a clade that includes trogons, piciforms and 'core coraciiforms'.
The only sounds here were the stirrings of plants, the occasional skreek of a nightbird, and the soft thudding steps of the horses.
Faint music came from another house beyond the trees; a carriage clopped past the distant gates; overhead a nightbird moaned dolefully; I could hear my own knees creaking as I crouched there, scratching the newly-healed bullet-wound in my backside and wondering what the deuce was wrong.
I have one book to recommend and i think you'd appreciate it: Speaks the nightbird by Robert Mccammon
You know, I think a person who blogs either has to be working long hours at a computer all day (and thus needs to take a break without * looking* like they're slacking off, like all those smokers huddled wherever it is they get banished to these days); or, you have to be a nightbird.
The air is quiet and perfectly still, and he hears the song of a nightbird somewhere distant.
The fireball had been close-followed by some stub-winged whooshing nightbird or hog-faced bat, flicking low to Inman's head, causing him to duck and walk stooped for three full strides.
Granted, he wouldn't have stayed a great snoring lump for long if there'd been trouble, but that was no comfort when you were straining your ears trying to tell if that was a nightbird, a bug, or a maneating whatever out there.
A lone nightbird wheeled above, the moonlight silver on its extended wings.
These include "The light goes on and off and the nightbird calls" and "Come close to the stars, celestial balls" (thanks to Dave Ellis for this).