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A nightjar (Caprimulgus carolinensis) resembling the whip-poor-will and found in southeast North America, Central America, and northern South America.
[Imitative of its call.]
(Animals) a large North American nightjar, Caprimulgus carolinensis, similar to the whippoorwill
a large nightjar, Caprimulgus carolinensis, of the southern U.S.
[1785–95; representing the bird's call]
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|Noun||1.||chuck-will's-widow - large whippoorwill-like bird of the southern United States|
caprimulgid, goatsucker, nightjar - mainly crepuscular or nocturnal nonpasserine birds with mottled greyish-brown plumage and large eyes; feed on insects