chuck-will's-widow

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chuck-will's-wid·​ow | \ ˌchək-ˌwilz-ˈwi-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce chuck-will's-widow (audio) \

Definition of chuck-will's-widow

: a nightjar (Caprimulgus carolinensis) of the southeastern U.S.

First Known Use of chuck-will's-widow

1791, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chuck-will's-widow

imitative

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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 18 Jan. 2021.

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