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Nighthawk   Listen
noun
nighthawk  n.  
1.
A person who likes to be active late at night; a night owl.
Synonyms: night owl, nightbird.
2.
(Zool.) Any of several mainly nocturnal North American goatsuckers, especially Chordeiles minor, or the related European goatsucker Caprimulgus europaeus, also called the nightjar.
Synonyms: bullbat, mosquito hawk.






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"Nighthawk" Quotes from Famous Books



... speechmaker," began Daniel Boone, his voice trembling slightly as he spoke. "I know a little of the language of the deer and of the songs of the birds. The cry of the nighthawk has its meaning for me, to which it almost would be possible for me to reply. Even the scream of the painter is in a language which I understand, but when I look into the faces of my friends, who are much better fitted than ...
— Scouting with Daniel Boone • Everett T. Tomlinson

... we were walking through an old weedy field, I chanced to spy, out of the corner of my eye, a nighthawk sitting on the ground only three or four yards away. I called Roosevelt's attention to it and said, "Now, Mr. President, I think with care you can drop your hat over that bird." So he took off his sombrero and crept up on the bird, and was almost in a position to let his hat drop over it when ...
— Under the Maples • John Burroughs



Words linked to "Nighthawk" :   caprimulgid, nightjar, individualist, bullbat, night owl, Chordeiles, genus Chordeiles



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