potoo

potoo

[poh-too]
noun, plural potoos.
any of several nocturnal birds of the family Nyctibiidae, of Mexico and Central and South America, related to the goatsuckers.

Origin:
1840–50; orig. Jamaican English patoo; compare Twi patú owl

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potoo

any of seven species of solitary, nocturnal birds of the American tropics. Its name imitates the wailing cry, "po-TOO," made by some species

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