from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several chiefly nocturnal birds of the genus Chordeiles, especially C. minor, having mottled grayish-brown feathers with a white spot on the wings. Also called bullbat, mosquito hawk.
- n. The European nightjar.
- n. Informal A night owl.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A New World nightjar.
- n. A person whose preference or custom is to remain awake and active during the night and the early morning hours.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. an American bird (Chordeiles Virginianus), allied to the goatsucker. It hunts the insects on which it feeds toward evening, on the wing, and often, diving down perpendicularly, produces a loud whirring sound, like that of a spinning wheel.
- n. A person who likes to be active late at night; a night owl.
- n. Any of several mainly nocturnal North American goatsuckers, especially Chordeiles minor, or the related European goatsucker Caprimulgus europaeus, also called the nightjar.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A caprimulgine bird of the genus Chordeiles.
- n. The night-jar or goatsucker, Caprimulgus curopæus.
- n. One of certain petrels of the genus Œstrelata: as, the white night-hawk or mutton-bird, Œ. lessoni.
- n. One who prowls about at night; specifically, a night cabman or his cab or horse.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. mainly nocturnal North American goatsucker
- n. a person who likes to be active late at night
So it should be no surprise that I actually filled out this music survey thingy I found in nighthawk's LJ.
There is a glorious passage by Henry Thoreau of his encounter with a nightjar relative called a nighthawk.
The high-pitched sound is from a soaring insect-eater called a nighthawk.
Think of Walky as a 'nighthawk'! "and Marty, who was a short, freckled-faced boy several years his cousin's junior, went off into a spasm of laughter.
I was worried about all the stuff I had to begin to do to find us a new nighthawk.
The black nodules of his sprinkler system clicked in the muggy air, and in one of the peeling river birches, a single nighthawk warbled.
She got her start in journalism as nighthawk at the Boston Globe.
Wybrcathl floated into the air, a buoyant song, a nighthawk gliding on thermals.
Yet for all his talk about anticipating the future, Mullen is the nighthawk who is drawn deeply to the past.
The report identified common bird species such as the American oystercatcher, common nighthawk, and northern pintail that are likely to become species of conservation concern as a result of climate change.