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chuck–will's–widow

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noun chuck–will's–wid·ow \ˌchək-ˌwilz-ˈwi-(ˌ)dō\

Definition of chuck–will's–widow

  1. :  a nightjar (Caprimulgus carolinensis) of the southeastern United States



Origin and Etymology of chuck–will's–widow

imitative


First Known Use: 1791


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