whip-poor-will

noun \ ˈhwi-pər-ˌwil , ˌhwi-pər-ˈwil , ˈwi- , ˌwi- \

Definition of whip-poor-will

: a nocturnal nightjar (Caprimulgus vociferus) of chiefly eastern North America with a loud repeated call suggestive of its name

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Origin and Etymology of whip-poor-will

imitative


WHIP-POOR-WILL Defined for English Language Learners

whip-poor-will

Definition of whip-poor-will for English Language Learners

  • : a bird of eastern North America that is active at night and has a loud call which sounds like its name


WHIP-POOR-WILL Defined for Kids

whippoorwill

noun whip·poor·will \ ˈhwi-pər-ˌwil , ˈwi- \

Definition of whippoorwill for Students

: a bird of eastern North America that is active at night and has a loud call that sounds like its name

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