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[gwah-chuh-roh] /ˈgwɑ tʃəˌroʊ/
noun, plural guacharos.
a nocturnal, fruit-eating, South American bird, Steatornis caripensis, the young of which yield an oil derived from their fat.
Also called oilbird.
Origin of guacharo
Borrowed into English from American Spanish around 1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • To go down into the guacharo signifies in their language to die.

  • This fat is known by the name of butter or oil (manteca or aceite) of the guacharo.

    At Last Charles Kingsley
  • 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.

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  • The following morning early we rowed away again, full of longing, but not of hope, of reaching one or other of the guacharo caves.

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  • We could see into and through the gap in Huevos, through which we had tried to reach the guacharo cave.

    At Last Charles Kingsley
British Dictionary definitions for guacharo


noun (pl) -ros
another name for oilbird
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish guácharo
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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