a goatsucker, Caprimulgus carolinensis, of the southern U.S., resembling the whippoorwill but larger.
Origin of chuck-will's-widow
First recorded in 1785–95; fanciful representation of its incessant call
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a large North American nightjar, Caprimulgus carolinensis, similar to the whippoorwill
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