from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A bird of the genus Phalænoptilus, as P. nuttalli: so called from its characteristic dissyllabic note.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) A bird of the Western United States (Phalænoptilus Nutalli) allied to the whip-poor-will.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun goatsucker of western North America


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  • Throw in the clinics, and the state-always desperate to expand health care to the poor-will have to say Yes.

    300 Doctors in Fight Against Pending Sale of Nose-Job Hospital 1999

  • Suddenly a poor-will lit on the floor beside me and stayed some little time; now and then uttering its mournful cries, then ceasing for a few moments as it flitted round after insects, and again returning to the same place to begin anew.

    The Home Range 1896

  • Just now you should be in such cool mistiness, while you should be hearing a hermit thrush sing vespers, a cedar bird call, and a whip - poor-will cry.

    Michael O'Halloran Gene Stratton-Porter 1893

  • To safeguard against that outcome, the report authors recommend that countries reduce greenhouse gas emissions, provide more eco-friendly methods to farmers and workers, and come up with plans to make sure those most vulnerable to climate change-especially the poor-will retain rights and The Maldives, a low-slung island country especially threatened by climate change's rising tides, has already heeded previous similar advice and pledged to go carbon neutral by 2020.

    Scientific American 2009


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