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nAlso called (NZ): morepork
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
[C19: imitative of the bird's cry]
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