- a nocturnal, fruit-eating, South American bird, Steatornis caripensis, the young of which yield an oil derived from their fat.
Origin of guacharo
Borrowed into English from American Spanish around 1820–30
Also called oilbird.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for guacharo
To go down into the Guacharo signifies in their language to die.Celebrated Travels and Travellers
This fat is known by the name of butter or oil (manteca or aceite) of the Guacharo.
In habits the guacharo is wholly nocturnal, slumbering by day in deep and dark caverns which it frequents in vast numbers.
One afternoon we made an attempt on the other Guacharo cave, which lies in the cliff on the landward side of the Monos Boca.
The following morning early we rowed away again, full of longing, but not of hope, of reaching one or other of the Guacharo caves.
- another name for oilbird
C19: from Spanish guácharo
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012