whip-poor-will

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whip–poor–will

noun \ˈhwi-pər-ˌwil, ˌhwi-pər-ˈ, ˈwi-, ˌwi-\

: a bird of eastern North America that is active at night and has a loud call which sounds like its name

Full Definition of WHIP-POOR-WILL

:  a nocturnal nightjar (Caprimulgus vociferus) of chiefly eastern North America with a loud repeated call suggestive of its name

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Origin of WHIP-POOR-WILL

imitative
First Known Use: 1709

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