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goatsucker

[goht-suhk-er] /ˈgoʊtˌsʌk ər/
noun
1.
nightjar (def 2).
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; so called because formerly believed to suck the milk of goats; translation of Latin caprimulgus, itself translation of Greek aigothḗlas
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goatsucker

/ˈɡəʊtˌsʌkə/
noun
1.
(US & Canadian) any nocturnal bird of the family Caprimulgidae, esp Caprimulgus europaeus (European nightjar): order Caprimulgiformes. Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) nightjar
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