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guacharo

[gwah-chuh-roh]
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noun, plural gua·cha·ros.
  1. a nocturnal, fruit-eating, South American bird, Steatornis caripensis, the young of which yield an oil derived from their fat.
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Origin of guacharo

Borrowed into English from American Spanish around 1820–30
Also called oilbird.
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Examples from the Web for guacharo

Historical Examples

  • To go down into the Guacharo signifies in their language to die.

    Celebrated Travels and Travellers

    Jules Verne

  • 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.

    At Last

    Charles Kingsley

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

    At Last

    Charles Kingsley


British Dictionary definitions for guacharo

guacharo

noun plural -ros
  1. another name for oilbird
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Word Origin

C19: from Spanish guácharo
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