goatsucker

[ goht-suhk-er ]
/ ˈgoʊtˌsʌk ər /

noun


Nearby words

  1. goatish,
  2. goatishly,
  3. goatpox,
  4. goatsbeard,
  5. goatskin,
  6. goaty,
  7. goaves,
  8. gob,
  9. gob-stopper,
  10. goban

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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