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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.
Whippoorwills and their related species belong to a family of birds called the nightjars (Caprimulgidae) and are mostly active at night.
stirred the poiesis of whippoorwills and flies into her process of
We are creatures of our senses, particularly sharp when we are children, and, in my case, this particular place--the whippoorwills and cicadas I heard at night, the odor of mown grass after a rain, the green forest in which I played at being a soldier, the thousand physical objects that I daily touched, saw, tasted, heard, smelled--shaped the boy and helped build the man.
There, the lights go down, actors walk on stage, the whippoorwills sing, and silhouettes of trees stand surreal against die dusk sky.
I stood there listening to the whippoorwills up in the trees, the katydids down in the grass.
The twilight sounds of the mourning doves and the whippoorwills.
Peepers were peeping in our pond, whippoorwills calling in the woods--as the ghostly silver needle in Berenice's Hair drifted across the eyepiece view.
Once on a night-long racoon hunt in the creek bottom, a mountain lion's scream paralyzed everything, frogs, whippoorwills, us.