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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Mopoke: an owl of the genus Ninox, found in Australia and New
The edition of Saturday, 27 June 1925, edited by 'Mopoke', includes a column of local events, puzzles, letters and short original serial fiction and poetry (Murray Pioneer, 1925).
Monk at once consented to guide the party to Stringy Bark Creek, also inducing two of his men to join it; and at ten o'clock the searchers resumed their journey, riding in melancholy silence in single file through the forest, with no sound but the rain pattering on the leaves, an occasional mournful cry of a mopoke, or the crashing of a wallaby through the undergrowth.