an Old World coraciiform bird (Upupa epops) of a family (Upupidae) having only one species, with a long curved bill and an erectile crest
Origin of hoopoeearlier houpe ; from French huppe ; from Classical Latin upupa, echoic of its cry
Any of several birds of the family Upupidae found in Eurasia and Africa, especially Upupa epops, having distinctively patterned plumage, a fanlike crest, and a slender, downward-curving bill.
Origin of hoopoeAlteration (influenced by Latin &umacron;pupa) of obsolete hoop, from French huppe, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *&umacron;ppa, alteration of Latin upupa, &umacron;pupa, of imitative origin.
- An Old World bird, Upupa epops, known for its distinctive plumage, fanlike crest, and slender bill.