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guacharo

[gwah-chuh-roh] /ˈgwɑ tʃəˌroʊ/
noun, plural guacharos.
1.
a nocturnal, fruit-eating, South American bird, Steatornis caripensis, the young of which yield an oil derived from their fat.
Also called oilbird.
Origin of guacharo
1820-1830
1820-30; < American Spanish
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  • In habits the guacharo is wholly nocturnal, slumbering by day in deep and dark caverns which it frequents in vast numbers.

  • This fat is known by the name of butter or oil (manteca or aceite) of the guacharo.

    At Last Charles Kingsley
  • One afternoon we made an attempt on the other guacharo cave, which lies in the cliff on the landward side of the Monos Boca.

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  • The following morning early we rowed away again, full of longing, but not of hope, of reaching one or other of the guacharo caves.

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  • To go down into the guacharo signifies in their language to die.

  • We could see into and through the gap in Huevos, through which we had tried to reach the guacharo cave.

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British Dictionary definitions for guacharo

guacharo

/ˈɡwɑːtʃəˌrəʊ/
noun (pl) -ros
1.
another name for oilbird
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish guácharo
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