whip–poor–will

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

Definition of whip–poor–will

  1. :  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


First Known Use: 1709


WHIP–POOR–WILL Defined for English Language Learners

whip–poor–will

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

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

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