mopoke

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mopoke (ˈməʊˌpəʊk)
 
n
1.  Also called (NZ): ruru a small spotted owl, Ninox novaeseelandiae, of Australia and New Zealand. In Australia the tawny frogmouth, Podargus strigoides, is very often wrongly identified as the mopoke
2.  slang (Austral), (NZ) a slow or lugubrious person
 
[C19: imitative of the bird's cry]

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