Whip-poor-will definition

wĭpər-wĭl, hwĭp-, wĭpər-wĭl, hwĭp-
Either of two nightjars (Caprimulgus vociferus or C. arizonae) found in North and Central America and having mottled brown, black, and gray feathers that blend in with their woodland habitat.
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Origin of whip-poor-will

  • Imitative of its call

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