night hawk

nighthawk

[nahyt-hawk]
noun
1.
any of several longwinged, American goatsuckers of the genus Chordeiles, related to the whippoorwill, especially C. minor, having variegated black, white, and buff plumage.
2.
the European goatsucker or nightjar, Caprimulgus europaeus.
3.
Informal. a person who is habitually up or moving about late at night; night owl.

Origin:
1605–15; night + hawk1

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nighthawk (ˈnaɪtˌhɔːk)
 
n
1.  bullbat, Also called: mosquito hawk any American nightjar of the genus Chordeiles and related genera, having a dark plumage and, in the male, white patches on the wings and tail
2.  informal another name for night owl

night owl or night hawk
 
n
informal a person who is or prefers to be up and about late at night
 
night hawk or night hawk
 
n

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