mopoke

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mopoke

(ˈməʊˌpəʊk)
n
1. (Animals) Also called (NZ): ruru a small spotted owl, Ninox novaeseelandiae, of Australia and New Zealand. In Australia the tawny frogmouth, Podargus strigoides, is very often wrongly identified as the mopoke
2. slang Austral and NZ a slow or lugubrious person
Also called (NZ): morepork
[C19: imitative of the bird's cry]
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Anyone hearing this call will instantly recognise this``demand for ham'', and will know for sure that the sound was that of the moreporks.
Once they got over the giggles of the names, they listened intently to the belief that the wind of a morepork brings one wisdom.