chuck-will's-widow

noun

chuck-will's-wid·​ow ˌchək-ˌwilz-ˈwi-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce chuck-will's-widow (audio)
: a nightjar (Caprimulgus carolinensis) of the southeastern U.S.

Word History

Etymology

imitative

First Known Use

1791, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chuck-will's-widow was in 1791

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“Chuck-will's-widow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chuck-will%27s-widow. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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