Definition of Poorwills
1. poorwill [n] - See also: poorwill
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Literary usage of Poorwills
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Annual Report (1873)
"On the summits of the mountains near Fort Tejón the poorwills were remarkably numerous, keeping hidden during the day among the dense chaparral, ..."
2. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1871)
"Several pairs of' Whip- poorwills nest near my house. One male bird sits night and morning on the roof of my front piazza, and sings there by the half hour, ..."
3. The Auk: Quarterly Journal of Ornithology by American Ornithologists' Union, Nuttall Ornithological Club (1895)
"poorwills were not uncommon in all of the desert regions visited the past season. They are probably resident through most of this country, us I have heard ..."
4. A History of the United States Since the Civil War by Ellis Paxson Oberholtzer (1922)
"... grunt like pigs, howl like wolves, hoot like owls, or call like whip- poorwills. If they wished to enter a cabin to compel a negro to give up his gun, ..."
5. Appletons' Journal (1877)
"The owls and whip- poorwills complete the rough concert, which may be heard several miles. Persons accustomed to such serenades are not disturbed by them at ..."