goat sucker


nightjar ( def 2 ).

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

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