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or whip·poor·will (wĭp′ər-wĭl′, hwĭp′-, wĭp′ər-wĭl′, hwĭp′-)
Either of two nightjars (Caprimulgus vociferus or C. arizonae) found in North and Central America and having mottled brown, black, and gray feathers that blend in with their woodland habitat.

[Imitative of its call.]


(Animals) a nightjar, Caprimulgus vociferus, of North and Central America, having a dark plumage with white patches on the tail
[C18: imitative of its cry]


or whip-poor-will

(ˈʰwɪp ərˌwɪl, ˈwɪp-; ˌʰwɪp ərˈwɪl, ˌwɪp-)

a North American nightjar of woodlands, Caprimulgus vociferus, with an insistently repeated call.
[1700–10, Amer.; imitative]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whippoorwill - American nocturnal goatsucker with grey-and-white plumagewhippoorwill - American nocturnal goatsucker with grey-and-white plumage
caprimulgid, goatsucker, nightjar - mainly crepuscular or nocturnal nonpasserine birds with mottled greyish-brown plumage and large eyes; feed on insects
Caprimulgus, genus Caprimulgus - type genus of the Caprimulgidae


[ˈwɪpʊərwɪl] nengoulevent mwhip-round hwɪpraʊnd] n (British)collecte f
to have a whip-round → faire une collecte


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The house retains its evil reputation, but the replanted vine is as orderly and well-behaved a vegetable as a nervous person could wish to sit under of a pleasant night, when the katydids grate out their immemorial revelation and the distant whippoorwill signifies his notion of what ought to be done about it.
Say, Tom -- they say a stray dog come howling around Johnny Miller's house, 'bout midnight, as much as two weeks ago; and a whippoorwill come in and lit on the banisters and sung, the very same evening; and there ain't anybody dead there yet.
Village council members Monday night voted 5-1 against a special use and variances for the treehouse to go beyond a height limit on Whippoorwill Lane in the Hunting Ridge subdivision.
When keen sprinter Sylvie defies their father's rule to steer clear of 'the Slip', where the raging Whippoorwill river disappears into a cavern, to throw in a wish stone, she disappears, leaving Jules behind.
When keen sprinter Sylvie defies their father's rule to steer clear of "the Slip", where the raging Whippoorwill river disappears into a cavern, to throw in a wish stone, she disappears, leaving Jules behind.
Great Thicket NWR responds to that need to preserve and manage land to benefit shrubland-dependent wildlife, such as the ruffed grouse, golden-winged warbler, box and spotted turtles, whippoorwill, blue-winged warbler and Hessels hairstreak.
The Whippoorwill Golf Club in Armonk, NY, a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary since 2009, has developed a stormwater management program, an Integrated Pest Management plan, and a sustainable fertilizer plan, all of which protect water that flows into the Kenisco Reservoir, a major source of water for 8 million people in New York City.
Three of them are the Eastern Whippoorwill (Antrostomus vociferus), the close cousin, Chuck-will's-widow (Antrostomus carolinensis), and the Common Poorwill (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii).
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Digging deep into breakthrough British release The Whippoorwill and top 20 follow-up Holding All The Roses, the breathtaking quintet delivered a set rich in substance and understated style.
Photos on pages 52-53 courtesy of Monarch Camps, Los Angeles Valley College, Valley Glen, California; Whippoorwill Farm Day Camp, Fairview, Tennessee; Camp Sizanani / Global Camps Africa, Reston, Virginia; Lakeview Day Camp, East Brunswick, New Jersey; and Summer at Park, Brookline, Massachusetts.
The situation of a ghostly mother spelling out hints and instructions to her suspicious son in "The Inconvenience of the Wings" is balanced by sharp observations of nature, as in, "A whippoorwill, hunting mosquitoes by the pond, gave the cry that gave the bird its name.