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gua·cha·ro

or guá·cha·ro (gwä′chə-rō′)
n. pl. gua·cha·ros or guá·cha·ros
A nightjar (Steatornis caripensis) of northern South America that roosts in caves and eats fruit. The young birds were formerly collected for their fat, which was used for cooking oil. Also called oilbird.

[American Spanish guácharo, from guacho, vagabond, from Quechua wakcha, wahcha, poor person, orphan (the bird perhaps being so called because of its plaintive cries).]

guacharo

(ˈɡwɑːtʃəˌrəʊ)
n, pl -ros
(Animals) another name for oilbird
[C19: from Spanish guácharo]

oil•bird

(ˈɔɪlˌbɜrd)

n.
a nocturnal cave-nesting bird of tropical South America, Steatornis caripensis, akin to the goatsuckers: the rendered fat of its young has been used as a cooking and lighting oil.
[1890]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.guacharo - nocturnal fruit-eating bird of South America that has fatty young yielding an oil that is used instead of butterguacharo - nocturnal fruit-eating bird of South America that has fatty young yielding an oil that is used instead of butter
caprimulgiform bird - long-winged nonpasserine birds
genus Steatornis, Steatornis - type and sole genus of the family Steatornithidae
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The most traditional examples are guano and bat droppings, and there are also birds, such as the guacharo, or oilbird (Steatornis caripensis), of the caves of South America, that introduce the remains of the fruit they feed on, and the dozen or so species of swiftlets (Collocalia [=Aerodramus] salangana, and other members of the same genus) that nest in caves in southeast Asia.
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