European nightjar

noun
variants: or Eurasian nightjar

Definition of European nightjar

: a nocturnal nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus) of Europe and Asia that has grayish-brown plumage speckled and barred with dark brown and buff and in the male has white markings on wing tips and outer tail feathers

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First Known Use of European nightjar

1835, in the meaning defined above

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“European nightjar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/European%20nightjar. Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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