European nightjar


variants or Eurasian 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

Word History

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of European nightjar was in 1835

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“European nightjar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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