nightjar

noun night·jar \ ˈnīt-ˌjär \

Definition of nightjar

: any of a family (Caprimulgidae) of medium-sized long-winged crepuscular or nocturnal birds (such as the whip-poor-wills and nighthawks) having a short bill, short legs, and soft mottled plumage and feeding on insects which they catch on the wing called also goatsucker

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Origin and Etymology of nightjar

1night + jar "discordant sound," derivative of 3jar (alluding to the churring trill of the European nightjar, Caprimulgus europaeus)


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