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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.]
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(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]
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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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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
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[ˈwɪpʊərwɪl] nengoulevent mwhip-round hwɪpraʊnd] n (British)collecte f
to have a whip-round → faire une collecte
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References in classic literature ?
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."
Highlights: 4-H livestock shows; Heavy Horse Pull; Fortnite tournaments; Best cake contest; Diaper Derby and Decorated Diaper Contest; John Ryan, Miles Station and Johnny Rockitt in the RollnUp Beer Tent; Bill Harper and Those Funny Little People in the Southern Illinois Free Tent; Whippoorwill Rodeo, 4 p.m.; ARCA Racing in the grandstand ($25/$30; 11 & under, $10).
That six-year period started with 2012's The Whippoorwill - Blackberry Smoke's third album but the first to benefit from a major label release.
On this occasion, Abhay K.'s poem 'Mustang' - published by Boston based magazine Hawk and Whippoorwill - was printed on a specially designed yellow broadsheet for distribution.
The speckled 'Whippoorwill' was the great all-arounder, rivaled only by the black-eyed pea in the 19th century in popular esteem."
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.
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.
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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.