Guacharo definition

gwächə-rō
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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.
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A nocturnal bird of South America and Trinidad (Steatornis caripensis, or S. steatornis); the oilbird.
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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.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
guacharo
Plural:
guacharoes, guacharos

Origin of guacharo

  • American Spanish guácharo from guacho vagabond from Quechua wakcha, wahcha poor person, orphan (the bird perhaps being so called because of its plaintive cries)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Compare Spanish sickly, dropsical, guacharaca a sort of bird.

    From Wiktionary