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morepork

/ˈmɔːˌpɔːk/
noun (NZ)
1.
Also called (NZ) ruru. a small spotted owl, Ninox novaeseelandiae, of Australia and New Zealand
2.
(slang) a slow or lugubrious person
Also called (Austral) mopoke
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  • The silence of night was only interrupted by the cries of the "morepork" in the minor key, like the mournful cuckoos of Europe.

  • The bell-bird and the tui sing a requiem over them by day, while the morepork and the kiwi wail for them at night.

    Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2) William Delisle Hay

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