Caprimulgidae

plural noun
Cap·​ri·​mul·​gi·​dae | \ -əˌdē \

Definition of Caprimulgidae

: a family of birds (order Caprimulgiformes) comprising the nightjars

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History and Etymology for Caprimulgidae

New Latin, from Caprimulgus, type genus (from Latin, milker of goats, goatsucker, from capri- + -mulgus, from mulgēre to milk) + -idae

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“Caprimulgidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Caprimulgidae. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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