Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various chiefly nocturnal, insectivorous birds of the family Caprimulgidae, especially those in the genus Caprimulgus.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[night + jar (from their harsh calls).]

Examples

  • Our nightjar was a few metres away, but she betrayed no anxiety except to keep her pale lids fractionally open so that we could see a third of her liquid dark eyes.

    Country diary: Holt, Norfolk

  • Our nightjar was a few metres away, but she betrayed no anxiety except to keep her pale lids fractionally open so that we could see a third of her liquid dark eyes.

    Country diary: Holt, Norfolk

  • Posted in Other Horror Things, tagged michael marshall smith, nightjar press, what happens when you wake up in the night, ellen datlow, the year's best horror 2, the best horror of the year 2 on January 24, 2010 | Leave a Comment »

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  • There is a glorious passage by Henry Thoreau of his encounter with a nightjar relative called a nighthawk.

    Country diary: Holt, Norfolk

  • A wing was all that was known of an Ethiopian nightjar, Caprimulgus solala, but adventurous birdwatchers managed to spot it, though they weren't able to capture it.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • Somehow all of that nightjar inheritance was there before us in her all-seeing, stone-like quiescence.

    Country diary: Holt, Norfolk

  • Posted in Other Horror Things | Tagged michael marshall smith, nightjar press, what happens when you wake up in the night, ellen datlow, the year's best horror 2, the best horror of the year 2 | Leave a Comment

    In The Gloaming In The Right « In The Gloaming Podcasts

  • Somehow all of that nightjar inheritance was there before us in her all-seeing, stone-like quiescence.

    Country diary: Holt, Norfolk

  • Posted in Other Horror Things | Tagged chapbook, horror, Horror Fiction, michael marshall smith, nightjar press, review, short story, stephen jones, the mammoth book of best new horror 19 | 1 Comment

    A review (and a confession) « In The Gloaming Podcasts

  • There is a glorious passage by Henry Thoreau of his encounter with a nightjar relative called a nighthawk.

    Country diary: Holt, Norfolk

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