night hawk

night hawk
Goatsucker Goat"suck`er, n. (Zo["o]l.) One of several species of insectivorous birds, belonging to {Caprimulgus} and allied genera, esp. the European species ({Caprimulgus Europ[ae]us}); -- so called from the mistaken notion that it sucks goats. The European species is also {goat-milker}, {goat owl}, {goat chaffer}, {fern owl}, {night hawk}, {nightjar}, {night churr}, {churr-owl}, {gnat hawk}, and {dorhawk}. [1913 Webster]

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  • night-hawk — (n.) from 1610s in reference to various birds, from NIGHT (Cf. night) + HAWK (Cf. hawk) (n.). Figurative sense of one who stays up and is active at night is from 1818 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Night hawk — Night Night (n[imac]t), n. [OE. night, niht, AS. neaht, niht; akin to D. nacht, OS. & OHG. naht, G. nacht, Icel. n[=o]tt, Sw. natt, Dan. nat, Goth. nahts, Lith. naktis, Russ. noche, W. nos, Ir. nochd, L. nox, noctis, Gr. ny x, nykto s, Skr. nakta …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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