a South American night goatsucker (Steatornis caripensis) of a family (Steatornithidae) with only one species; oilbird: the melted fat of the young birds is used for cooking and lighting
Origin of guacharoSpanish guácharo, literally , sickly, whining: probably so named from its cry
nounpl. gua·cha·ros or guá·cha·ros
A nightjar (Steatornis caripensis) of northern South America that roosts in caves and eats fruit. The young birds were formerly collected for their fat, which was used for cooking oil. Also called oilbird.
Origin of guacharoAmerican Spanish guácharo, from guacho, vagabond, from Quechua wakcha, wahcha, poor person, orphan (the bird perhaps being so called because of its plaintive cries).
(plural guacharos or guacharoes)
Compare Spanish sickly, dropsical, guacharaca a sort of bird.