oilbird

noun
oil·​bird | \ ˈȯi(-ə)l-ˌbərd How to pronounce oilbird (audio) \

Definition of oilbird

: 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

First Known Use of oilbird

1859, in the meaning defined above

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“Oilbird.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oilbird. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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