hoo·​poe ˈhü-(ˌ)pü How to pronounce hoopoe (audio)
: a crested Old World nonpasserine bird (Upupa epops of the family Upupidae) having a slender decurved bill and barred black-and-white wings and tail

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Animals and plants that have been driven from much of Europe’s intensively farmed landscapes, including wolves, the Eurasian hoopoe bird and a plant called great horsetail, are reclaiming areas that were considered dead just a few years ago. Washington Post, 14 June 2018

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Word History


alteration of obsolete hoop, from Middle French huppe, from Latin upupa, of imitative origin

First Known Use

1668, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hoopoe was in 1668

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“Hoopoe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoopoe. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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