Whip-poor-will Whip"-poor-will`, n. (Zo["o]l.) An American bird ({Antrostomus vociferus}) allied to the nighthawk and goatsucker; -- so called in imitation of the peculiar notes which it utters in the evening. [Written also {whippowil}.] [1913 Webster]

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  • whip-poor-will — «HWIHP uhr WIHL, HWIHP uhr wihl», noun. a North American bird whose call sounds somewhat like its name. It is active at night or twilight. ╂[American English; imitative] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Whip-poor-will — Taxobox name = Whip poor will image width = 240px image caption = Adult male status = LC status system = iucn3.1 regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves subclassis = Neornithes infraclassis = Neognathae unranked ordo = Cypselomorphae… …   Wikipedia

  • Whip-poor-will — Engoulevent bois pourri Engoulevent bois pourri …   Wikipédia en Français

  • whip-poor-will — Caprimulgus Caprimulgus n. the type genus of the {Caprimulgidae}, including the {whip poor will} ({Caprimulgus vociferus}) and the {chuck will s widow} ({Caprimulgus carolinensis}). Syn: genus {Caprimulgus}. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whip-poor-will — Caprimulgidae Caprimulgidae n. [L. capris goat + mulgere to milk.] a widely distributed natural family of nocturnally active birds including the {whip poor will} ({Caprimulgus vociferus}), the {chuck will s widow} ({Caprimulgus carolinensis}),… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whip-poor-will — niūrusis lėlys statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Antrostomus vociferus; Caprimulgus vociferus angl. whip poor will vok. Schwarzkehl Nachtschwalbe, f rus. жалобный козодой, m pranc. engoulevent bois pourri, m ryšiai:… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • whip-poor-will — noun Etymology: imitative Date: 1709 a nocturnal nightjar (Caprimulgus vociferus) of chiefly eastern North America with a loud repeated call suggestive of its name …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Mexican Whip-poor-will — Whip poor will Conservation status Least Concern (IUCN 3.1) Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • Poor-will — n. [So called in imitation of its note.] (Zo[ o]l.) A bird of the Western United States ({Phal[ae]noptilus Nutalli}) allied to the whip poor will. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whip — whip; whip·pa·ree; whip·per; whip·per·snap·per; whip·pet; whip·pi·ness; whip·poor·will; whip·py; whip·ster; whip·pe·ree; …   English syllables

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