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Also called (NZ) ruru. a small spotted owl, Ninox novaeseelandiae, of Australia and New Zealand. In Australia the tawny frogmouth, Podargus strigoides, is very often wrongly identified as the mopoke
(Austral & NZ, slang) a slow or lugubrious person
Also called (NZ) morepork
Word Origin
C19: imitative of the bird's cry
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  • The wind swayed gently the branches of the great she-oaks as a mopoke's mournful note came from the gum trees.

    Jean, Our Little Australian Cousin Mary F. Nixon-Roulet
  • You'll never be missed in the dark, and I 'll light plenty of candles now, and dazzle the mopoke.

    The Moving Finger Mary Gaunt

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