[hwip-er-wil, wip-; hwip-er-wil, wip-]
a nocturnal North American nightjar, Caprimulgus vociferus, having a variegated plumage of gray, black, white, and tawny.

1700–10, Americanism; imitative

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whippoorwill (ˈwɪpʊˌwɪl)
a nightjar, Caprimulgus vociferus, of North and Central America, having a dark plumage with white patches on the tail
[C18: imitative of its cry]

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1709, imitative of its cry.
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Example sentences
The park offers modern sanitation facilities, and guests are treated to whippoorwill and coyote songs on the grounds.
It had the whippoorwill and the hoot owl and crickets for music.
The song of the whippoorwill blends with the call of the coyote in a nighttime serenade.
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