from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A night-bird.
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He could see the ghostly outline of the distant peaks of the mountains, he could hear the haunting cries of nightfowl and coyote; but these things failed to interest him.
He still gazed into the abyss -- half expecting another, even fancying he heard the occasional stir and flutter of obscure life below, and the melancholy call of nightfowl.