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whip-poor-willor 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]
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|Noun||1.||whippoorwill - 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