oil·​bird ˈȯi(-ə)l-ˌbərd How to pronounce oilbird (audio)
: a nocturnal bird (Steatornis caripensis) of northern South America and Trinidad that is related to the nightjars, feeds chiefly on the fatty fruits of various palms, and has fatty young from which an oil used especially in cooking is extracted

called also guacharo

Word History

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oilbird was in 1859

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“Oilbird.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oilbird. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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