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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