Definition of Goatsucker

1. Noun. Mainly crepuscular or nocturnal nonpasserine birds with mottled greyish-brown plumage and large eyes; feed on insects.




Definition of Goatsucker

1. n. One of several species of insectivorous birds, belonging to Caprimulgus and allied genera, esp. the European species (Caprimulgus Europæus); -- so called from the mistaken notion that it sucks goats. The European species is also goat-milker, goat owl, goat chaffer, fern owl, night hawk, nightjar, night churr, churr-owl, gnat hawk, and dorhawk.

Definition of Goatsucker

1. Noun. Any bird in the nightjar family Caprimulgidae ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Goatsucker

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Medical Definition of Goatsucker

1. One of several species of insectivorous birds, belonging to Caprimulgus and allied genera, especially. The European species (Caprimulgus Europaeus); so called from the mistaken notion that it sucks goats. The European species is also goat-milker, goat owl, goat chaffer, fern owl, night hawk, nightjar, night churr, churr-owl, gnat hawk, and dorhawk . Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Goatsucker

goatlike
goatling
goatlings
goatly
goatmilk
goatpox
goatpox virus
goatproof
goats
goats' milk
goatsbeard
goatsbeards
goatsfoot
goatskin
goatskins
goatsucker (current term)
goatsuckers
goatweed
goatweeds
goaty
goaves
gob
gob-stick
gob-string
gob-up
gob iron
gob stick
gob stopper
gob stoppers
goban

Literary usage of Goatsucker

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1. The American Cyclopædia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by Charles Anderson Dana (1874)
"The name goatsucker is derived from the Latinized Greek appellative ... are included the European goatsucker, the North American ..."

2. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1883)
"The name goatsucker is derived from the Latinized Greek appellative ... are included the European goatsucker, the North American ..."

3. Illustrations of British Ornithology by Prideaux John Selby (1833)
"European goatsucker, Arct. Zool. 2. p. 437- A—Will. (Ang.) p. 107. ... THE goatsucker is a summer periodical visitant, arriving . in Britain about the end ..."

4. Orr's Circle of the Sciences: A Series of Treatises on the Principles of by William Somerville Orr (1855)
"They also frequently settle on the ground, and are fond of basking in the sun in this position ; when thus engaged they are Fig' 2"—Head of the goatsucker. ..."

5. Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke (1863)
"... and guinea- chicks, a wonderful goatsucker, remarkable for the exceeding length of some of its feathers floating out far Gou^sucker ..."

6. A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, Obsolete Phrases, Proverbs by James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps (1889)
"The goatsucker. Glouc. FERN-WEB. A small beetle, very injurious to the young apple, ¡l'est. .... goatsucker ..."

7. The Natural History of Ireland by William Thompson, James R. Garrett, George Dickie (1849)
"The late George Matthews, Esq., informed me, that in the district of the Ards, county of Down, the goatsucker has not unfrequently been observed; ..."

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