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

  • n. See guacharo.

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  • n. Steatornis caripensis, a nocturnal South American bird related to the nightjars that feeds on the fruit of the oil palm and tropical laurels.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See guacharo.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The guacharo or great goatsucker of Trinidad, Steatornis caripensis. Also called fat-bird. See cut under guacharo.
  • n. A Ceylonese frogmouth, Batrachostomus moniliger.

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  • n. nocturnal fruit-eating bird of South America that has fatty young yielding an oil that is used instead of butter


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  • See also guácharo.

    March 14, 2008