hoo·​poe | \ ˈhü-(ˌ)pü How to pronounce hoopoe (audio) , -(ˌ)pō \

Definition of hoopoe

: a crested Old World nonpasserine bird (Upupa epops of the family Upupidae) having a slender decurved bill and barred black-and-white wings and tail

Examples of hoopoe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Animals and plants that have been driven from much of Europe’s intensively farmed landscapes, including wolves, the Eurasian hoopoe bird and a plant called great horsetail, are reclaiming areas that were considered dead just a few years ago. Washington Post, "How Germany is turning wasteland into vast lakeside resorts," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of hoopoe

1668, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hoopoe

alteration of obsolete hoop, from Middle French huppe, from Latin upupa, of imitative origin

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“Hoopoe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoopoe. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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