whip-poor-will

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\ ˈ(h)wi-pər-ˌwil How to pronounce whip-poor-will (audio) , ˌ(h)wi-pər-ˈwil \

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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First Known Use of whip-poor-will

1709, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for whip-poor-will

imitative

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The first known use of whip-poor-will was in 1709

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“Whip-poor-will.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whip-poor-will. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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whip-poor-will

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English Language Learners Definition of whip-poor-will

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

whippoorwill

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

Kids Definition of whippoorwill

: 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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