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 ūpupa ) of obsolete hoop from French huppe from Old French from Vulgar Latin ūppa alteration of Latin upupa, ūpupa of imitative origin
- An Old World bird, Upupa epops, known for its distinctive plumage, fanlike crest, and slender bill.