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

  • n. A goatsucker, especially Caprimulgus europaeus of Europe, having gray and brown mottled plumage with long, slender white wings and a short bill.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various medium-sized nocturnal birds of the family Caprimulgidae, that feed predominantly on moths and other large flying insects.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A goatsucker, esp. the European species. See Illust. of goatsucker.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bird, Caprimulgus europæus, of the family Caprimulgidæ.

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

  • n. mainly crepuscular or nocturnal nonpasserine birds with mottled greyish-brown plumage and large eyes; feed on insects


night + jar2 (from its harsh call).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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