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goatsucker

[ goht-suhk-er ]
/ ˈgoʊtˌsʌk ər /
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noun

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Origin of goatsucker

1605–15; so called because formerly believed to suck the milk of goats; translation of Latin caprimulgus, itself translation of Greek aigothḗlas

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British Dictionary definitions for goatsucker

goatsucker
/ (ˈɡəʊtˌsʌkə) /

noun

US and Canadian any nocturnal bird of the family Caprimulgidae, esp Caprimulgus europaeus (European nightjar): order Caprimulgiformes.Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): nightjar
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