from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A goatsucker, especially Caprimulgus europaeus of Europe, having gray and brown mottled plumage with long, slender white wings and a short bill.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various medium-sized nocturnal birds of the family Caprimulgidae, that feed predominantly on moths and other large flying insects.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A goatsucker, esp. the European species. See Illust. of goatsucker.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bird, Caprimulgus europæus, of the family Caprimulgidæ.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. mainly crepuscular or nocturnal nonpasserine birds with mottled greyish-brown plumage and large eyes; feed on insects
night + jar2 (from its harsh call).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)